PARIS, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- France on Thursday banned a demonstration to protest against the publication of the U.S. movie mocking the Prophet Mohammed that had triggered outrage across the Muslim world, local media reported.
According to news channel BFMTV, Paris police banned a planned protest outside Paris Mosque on Saturday as a precautionary measure after calls circulated on social networks to protest over the movie.
Last Sunday police arrested about a hundred of participants in a demonstration near the U.S. Embassy in Paris.
On Wednesday, Paris said it would temporarily close its embassies and schools in 20 countries on Friday after a French magazine published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.
About 5 million Muslims are living in France, the largest in Europe.
France alert to protests over satirical cartoons
BEIJING, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- France kept alert on possible anti-France protests, closing its diplomatic missions and schools in some Islamic countries Wednesday after a French weekly published cartoons mocking the Muslim Prophet Mohammed.
The French Foreign Ministry said in a statement that France had decided to temporarily close its embassies, consulates, cultural centers and schools in more than 20 Islamic countries as precautions against any possible troubles caused by the cartoons. Full story
France strengthens embassies security after Mohammed cartoons' publication
PARIS, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- France would close its embassies and schools in some 20 countries around world as measures to strengthen security after a French satirical weekly published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, local media reported on Wednesday.
Speaking to France Info radio, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius expressed worries over the cartoons' publication in weekly Charlie Hebdo amid outrage over an anti-Islam movie that sparked deadly protests all over the world. Full story