Fears of Violence France Bans Protests of Muhammad Caricature

French government officials on Friday announced a strict ban on protests against insulting depictions of the Prophet Muhammad in a recently released US film and a Paris-based satirical magazine. Officials in Germany are also doing all they can to minimize tensions.
A French policeman stands guard outside the headquarters of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in Paris on Wednesday.

A French policeman stands guard outside the headquarters of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in Paris on Wednesday.

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jtw -- with wire sources