Closer (magazine)

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Closer magazine.jpg
Editor Jane Johnson (English edition), Laurence Pieau (French edition)
Categories Entertainment
Frequency Weekly
Publisher Bauer Media Group (English edition), Mondadori (French edition)
Total circulation
(June 2013)
351,632 (UK)[1]
First issue 2005
Country United Kingdom, France
Language English, French
Website (UK) (FR)
ISSN 1774-7201
OCLC number 474490237

Closer is a British tabloid magazine published by Bauer Media Group. It mainly specialises in celebrity news and gossip, real life stories, fashion and television/entertainment. There is also a French-language version of the magazine published by Mondadori, an Italian media company.[2] The French edition had a circulation of 399,589 copies in 2005.[citation needed] In the spring of 2006, the British parent company East Midlands Allied Press announced that it would separate its French subsidiary, which was eventually acquired in August 2006 by Mondadori for 545 million euros when taking over Emap France.[3]

In September 2012, the French edition of the magazine caused controversy by printing topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) taken, apparently with a long telephoto lens from a road 1 km away, while she and her husband Prince William were on a private holiday at the Château d'Autet in the south of France.[4][5] The British edition promised that they would not publish the photographs, and distanced itself from the French edition after receiving numerous complaints.[2] The Royal Family intends to sue the magazine, calling the publication of the photographs a "grotesque and unjustifiable invasion of privacy"; the BBC's Nicholas Witchell stated that "he had rarely seen such a level of publicly expressed anger from the palace over such an incident."[6]

In the January 10, 2014 issue, Closer "revealed the supposed affair" between French actress Julie Gayet and French President François Hollande.[7] The January 10 issues was so popular that Closer "reprinted the issue, with a further 150,000 copies scheduled to hit newsstands" on January 15, 2014.[7] Closer's website also saw visitor numbers increase 800 percent to 1.4 million on January 10, 2014.[7]


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