France braces for Muslim backlash.

France said it would temporarily close French embassies, diplomatic facilities,…

France said it would temporarily close French embassies, diplomatic facilities, cultural centers, and schools in twenty Muslim countries in anticipation of anti-French backlash; on Wednesday, the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo published cartoons which mocked the Prophet Mohammed; the French government government also said it would not give a permit for a protest demonstration, scheduled for 22 September, against the crude anti-Islamic movie produced by an Egyptian Christian Copt now living in California.

France said it would temporarily close French embassies, diplomatic facilities, cultural centers, and schools in twenty Muslim countries in anticipation of anti-French backlash. On Wednesday, the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo published cartoons which mocked the Prophet Mohammed.

The French prime minister and other official spokesmen, citing the principle of free speech, said they would not intervene to stop the magazine from publishing the cartoons, although they did emphasize that such freedom should be exercised with responsibility.

Source: Homeland Security Newswire

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