September 20, 2012
France announced Wednesday it will close 20 embassies across the
Muslim world on Friday after French weekly Charlie Hebdo published
cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed naked, amid growing unrest over an
anti-Islamic film that has left dozens dead.
The French foreign ministry announced Wednesday that France will
close 20 of its embassies in Muslim countries this Friday following the
publication of controversial Prophet Mohammed cartoons by satirical
weekly Charlie Hebdo. Major protests in the Muslim world generally take
place after Friday prayers.
The illustrations, which show the Prophet Mohammed naked and refer to
the incendiary US-made film which has been fueling deadly unrest among
Muslim communities for over a week, hit newsstands across France on
The magazine’s editor,
Stephane Charbonnier, told reporters that the pictures, which are
printed on the back page, will “shock those who will want to be