French Muslim leader urges calm amid Muhammad cartoon furor

By REUTERS
September 21, 2012 11:26

 
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PARIS - The main agency representing Muslims in France appealed for calm on Friday as a new print run of cartoons featuring a naked Prophet Muhammad hit newsstands, raising fears of protests on prayers day around the Islamic world.

The drawings in satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo risk stoking a furor over a film mocking the Prophet, which provoked the storming of US and other Western embassies, the killing of the US envoy to Libya and a suicide bombing in Afghanistan.

French embassies, schools and cultural centers were shut in some 20 Muslim countries, on orders issued from Paris after the cartoons were first published.

In the French capital, police were on alert after protests planned by some Muslim groups were banned.

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