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Kim Kardashian, Kanye West to marry privately in U.S. before France wedding, reports say

Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and daughter North West

Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and daughter North West in a photo from the April 2014 issue of Vogue. Photo Credit: Vogue / Annie Leibovitz

Reality-TV star Kim Kardashian and her fiance, rapper Kanye West, reportedly will be married in a private ceremony in California ahead of a planned formal ceremony in France.

E! Online said Tuesday it had confirmed that Kardashian, 33, and West, 36, were planning to obtain a marriage license and officially marry in the United States. TMZ.com claimed the couple would marry this week, and noted that California offers a "confidential" marriage license in which the couple does not need to marry at a courthouse. Instead, an official can perform the ceremony at a private residence.

E! added that Kardashian and West were seen earlier this month scouting possible wedding locations, including the Château Louis XIV, a castle west of Paris. Reports have said the ceremony would take place on May 24.

Kardashian and West, who began dating in April 2012, had a baby together, daughter North, on June 15. West proposed on Oct. 21, Kardashian's 33rd birthday, in a lavish event at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

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