Paris: France confirmed on Friday that it would allow no street protests against cartoons denigrating Islam's Prophet Mohammad that were published by a French magazine this week.

Interior Minister Manuel Valls said that prefects throughout the country had orders to prohibit any protest over the issue and crack down if the ban was challenged.

"There will be strictly no exceptions. Demonstrations will be banned and broken up," he said

A French magazine on Wednesday fuelled the already ablaze Prophet row by portraying him naked in cartoons. Following it, the French government, which had urged the weekly not to print the cartoons, said that it was temporarily shutting down premises of embassies and schools in 20 countries on Friday, when protests usually break out after Muslim prayers.

(JPN/Agencies)

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