France today closed its embassies, consulates and schools in some 20 Muslim countries, fearing a backlash against offensive cartoons publishing in a satirical magazine, Radio France Internationale reported.
The weekly Charlie Hebdo this week added to tensions arising from the US-made Innocence of Muslims film by publishing caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.
Today the magazine reprinted 90-thousand copies of the issue featuring the cartoons, after its first print run sold out, Agence France Presse reported.
Fabius criticized the timing if the cartoons, saying the press had a responsibility during times of high tension to not “fuel the fire”.
In Tunisia, French schools were closed on Wednesday after the ruling Islamist party denounced the cartoons as a “new attack” on the religion.
The French interior ministry says it will deny all requests for permits to protest against the film and cartoons, after a demonstration last weekend near the US embassy in Paris turned violent.
Authorities have banned a protest planned for Saturday in front of the grand mosque in Paris. (National Post)