Moscow: France will close several of its
embassies and schools around the world amid concerns of a backlash
after a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad appeared in French
magazine Charlie Hebdo Wednesday, Le Monde reported.
Paris announced it will close embassies, consulates and schools in
20 Muslim countries starting Friday, the French newspaper
The move comes on the heels of the violent riots that erupted
throughout Muslim world last week over the American anti-Islam
film, "Innocence of Muslims", which was released Sep 11 and
depicts Muslims and their prophet in a negative light.
During a visit to Cairo, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius
told reporters that the cartoon, which in several instances
depicts Muhammad naked, was a "provocation".
"I'm against all provocations - that's quite clear - especially in
such a sensitive period as this one," he said.
Fabius added that the matter should be left to the French courts.
Riots erupted in several countries, including Egypt, Tunisia,
Sudan and Libya. US Ambassador to Libya Chrisophter Stevens was
killed, along with three other US personnel, were attacked near
the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.