French criminal case into Kate photos starts

Sep 19, 2012, 10:56 AM EDT
Lawyer Maud Sobel, left, is surrounded by reporters as she reads a statement by a French court which ordered a magazine publisher to hand over all digital copies of topless photos of Britain's Duchess of Cambridge and blocked the further publication of the images, at a court house in Nanterre, west of Paris, Tuesday Sept. 18,
AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere

PARIS (AP) — French police have opened their criminal investigation into whether topless photos of Prince William's wife Kate — which appeared in an edition of the French Closer magazine — were an invasion of privacy.

A French court ordered police to obtain information on Closer magazine employees after the British royal couple filed the criminal complaint Monday.

Marie-Christine Daubigney, assistant prosecutor for the Nanterre court, outside Paris, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that she has instructed police to get the names of some Closer employees, including the journalist who wrote the article.

She said she hasn't told police to identify the photographer who took the pictures because that will be part of a later investigation.

Daubigney denied as "completely untrue" French media reports that police raided Closer magazine headquarters Wednesday.