No complaint on Pippa Middleton 'gun' photos
Pippa Middleton could
escape being drawn into a police inquiry unless a formal complaint is
lodged over pictures which show her being driven through Paris by a
friend apparently brandishing a handgun.
French police said they cannot launch an investigation based on the strength of the photographs alone which have sparked an outcry on both sides of the Channel.
They will only probe the matter further if a potential witness comes forward or the photographer presents officers with evidence.
Prince William's sister-in-law found herself at the centre of controversy after she was pictured in the French capital on Saturday.
The 28-year-old had been in Paris for a lavish fancy dress party to celebrate the 30th birthday of fashion entrepreneur and aristocrat Vicomte Arthur de Soultrait.
Images taken a day later show her travelling in an Audi convertible while the driver points what seems to be a pistol at the photographer.
France is still reeling from a string of gun massacres but police in the capital insist they are currently taking no action over the photographs.
"We don't know the circumstances in which these photographs were taken," a source said.
"But we cannot launch an inquiry based simply on photographs that have appeared online and in the press. There would need to be a witness but at the moment there is nothing.
"To launch an investigation, it would be necessary for there to have been a complaint or something would need to have presented itself to police.
"A photograph cannot launch an investigation. In this case, there are just the photographs. No one was injured and nothing more happened. There is nothing to this affair, at the moment, as far as police are concerned."
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