'Gun Joke' Backfires on Pippa

She could face arrest with driver, who pointed gun in Paris
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2012 11:00 AM CDT
'Gun Joke' Backfires on Pippa
Pippa Middleton smiles as the driver in the convertible she's riding in points a gun at photographers during an outing in Paris.   (newsudontsee)

(Newser) – A "gun joke" involving palace sis-in-law Pippa Middleton is causing a royal stir. The driver of a car that Pippa, 28, was riding in smilingly pointed what looked like a gun at pestering paparazzi in Paris over the weekend. Now he says he was just goofing around, and the gun wasn't real. "It was not a real gun. It was just a stupid joke," said a representative. The French aren't laughing, though, especially in the wake of the shocking shootings in Toulouse last month. Paris authorities warned that everyone in the car (including grinning Pippa) could face arrest and even two years in prison.

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"Anybody involved in the illegal use of a handgun in public is liable to arrest and interrogation," a source told the Sun. But so far, no one has filed a complaint, and the "targeted" photographer didn't feel threatened, reports ABC. The driver hasn't yet been identified. Her Royal Hotness was in the front passenger's seat, and sitting in the back were two men, including aristocrat fashion designer Viscount Arthur de Soultrait, whose wild birthday party Pippa attended (for photos, check here). Buckingham Palace reps are keeping mum, saying Pippa is a "private individual" and not their concern. (Read more Pippa Middleton stories.)

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