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France closes schools and embassies in 20 countries over controversial cartoon


A controversial cartoon published by a French magazine has pressured France into taking precautionary measures, despite the government having warned the magazine against publishing

September 19, 2012 2:35 by

France said it would temporarily close its embassies and schools in 20 countries on Friday after a French magazine published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, a move it fears will further inflame tensions over a film mocking the prophet.

“We have indeed decided as a precautionary measure to close our premises, embassies, consulates, cultural centres and schools,” a Foreign Ministry spokesman said of the shut-down on Friday, prayer day across the Muslim world.

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