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Cambodia deports French nude pics tourists

Three French tourists will be deported after taking nude photos inside Cambodia's Angkor temple. (AAP)

A Cambodian prosecutor says three French tourists arrested after a nude photo incident will be deported.

Three French tourists will be deported from Cambodia after they pleaded guilty to taking nude pictures of each other inside the country's famed Angkor temple complex, a prosecutor says.

The male tourists were arrested on Thursday after they were discovered taking naked photos inside the Banteay Kdei temple at the world heritage site in northwestern Siem Reap province.

The three men, who are all in their early twenties, received a suspended six-month prison sentence and will be banned from re-entering Cambodia for four years.

"They confessed to making a mistake and asked for the Cambodian people to forgive them for their actions," prosecutor Koeut Sovannareth said.

The arrests caused deep anger among Cambodian officials, who said taking nude photos at such a sacred site was deeply offensive.

"They will be deported from Cambodia very soon," Sovannareth added, saying the three were convicted on two charges - public exposure and making pornography.

The court also ordered the three men to pay a fine of $US750 ($A968).

"They said their goal was to take nude photos to keep as souvenirs, but we believe that their intention was to use the photos in publications such as a calendar," Sovannareth said.

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