eBay bans sales of under-fire French mag

2012-09-18 22:36

London - US internet auction giant eBay is banning sales of copies of French magazine Closer that feature photos of Prince William's wife Catherine topless, the website said on Tuesday.

Enterprising eBay users have been selling last Friday's issue of Closer - which has enraged the British royal family by printing pictures of Catherine sunbathing - to buyers outside France for up to €34.

French authorities on Tuesday banned Closer from any further publication or resale of the pictures and launched a criminal investigation into how they were obtained.

eBay said it had decided to ban users from selling the magazine in response to feedback from its users.

"Following strong feedback from the eBay community, we will be removing these items, and are already in the process of doing so," a London-based spokesperson for the company said.

The spokesperson was not immediately able to confirm whether listings of Italian magazine Chi and the Irish Daily Star tabloid, which also published the grainy long-lens photos, would also be removed.

Several copies of Chi - which, like Closer, is owned by the Mondadori Group of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi - were up for sale on eBay on Tuesday with a top price of $42.95.

Bidders had offered up to $24.30 for a copy of the Irish Daily Star.

  • husaberg.twostroke - 2012-09-19 01:39

    Ag please what is so spescial about her tits? Pathetic.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-09-19 02:52

    WTF cares !!

  • Rolisizwe Lunika - 2012-09-19 04:31

    Pathetic is what the local papers are doing,if by mistake our president can sit in parliament with his balls hanging out, I am telling you it could be all over the papers the very next day just like Good man gallery painting,but this Chick shows off some breast and non of our papers is even trying to get some pictures for us to enjoy,,talking about double standards

      bennett.harper.9 - 2012-09-19 07:46

      Your missing the point - she wasn't in a public place such as parliament, the beach or a park. She was at a private residence and under the illusion that it is just that, private.

  • tyranvz - 2012-09-19 08:12

    Oh my god! Titties. Yawn.

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