France to shut around 20 embassies over Prophet cartoons

France will close its embassies and schools in around 20 countries Friday because of fears of a hostile reaction to a magazine’s publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, the foreign ministry said Wednesday, amid reports that the website of the French magazine has been hacked.

France said it would secure its diplomatic missions and close schools in Egypt and Tunisia, while Yemeni authorities beefed up security around the French embassy in Sana’a.

Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius earlier announced that he had ordered special security measures “in all the countries where this could pose a problem.” Demonstrations in the Islamic world often follow Friday prayers.

Meanwhile, the website of Charlie Hebdo is under attack by hackers after the paper published the anti-Islam, the IBTimes UK reported on Wednesday. read full


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