Closer fined €10k per day if it fails to deliver topless pictures of Kate Middleton

The French edition of Closer magazine, which last week published topless pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge, has been ordered to hand over the photographs by a court in France, it was revealed today.

The magazine has 24 hours to comply with the order or be slapped with a EUR10,000 fine for each day it holds on to the controversial photographs.

Publication of the images by other media outlets in France has been banned, according to a report by news agency AP, and the French prosecutor has opened criminal investigations into the publication of pictures of Kate Middleton topless while sunbathing on holiday in the country.

The injunction enforced today came after Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge yesterday sought to block further publication of the images through the French legal system.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge claim the publication of the photographs invaded their privacy, capturing the couple during an intimate and personal moment on holiday in Provence.

The French edition of Closer claims that the response and action from the royal couple is disproportionate.

British media outlets have not re-published the photographs.