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Mag must hand over pics of topless Kate!

  • NEW: Criminal complaint against tabloid in the works
  • French tabloid cannot publish, sell, distribute photos

A French court on Tuesday ordered a European magazine “Closer” to stop the print and online distribution of topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge, ruling in favor of the British royal family in an international controversy.

The court also fined the magazine 2,000 Euros (about $2,600).

 A St. James Palace spokesperson says the royal family also filed a criminal complaint seeking invasion privacy charges against the magazine and the photographer.

 The Nanterre, France, prosecutors office confirms that a preliminary criminal investigation is open and active.

 Prince William, and Catherine, "welcome the injunction that's been granted. They always believed the law was broken and that they were entitled to their privacy.," a palace spokesperson said.

The magazine’s board is also conducting an internal investigation into the incident, but editors are defending the decision. "It is a story worth publishing in an extraordinary edition because it shows in a natural light the everyday life of a very famous contemporary young couple in love," said Editor-in-Chief Alfonso Signorini.

As CNN correspondent Max Foster points out this is only "round 1."  Next the palace is pushing for criminal charges against the magazine's publisher and even the photographer.

In Session's Graham Winch contributed to this report.

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