France plans to close its embassies, consulates, cultural centers and schools in 20 countries Friday as a precautionary measure after a French satirical magazine published cartoons featuring the Prophet Muhammad.
The country's foreign minister says security is being increased at French diplomatic posts as government and religious leaders call for restraint.
The weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo featured several images of the prophet in its Wednesday issue, including several of him naked. Its offices in Paris were fire-bombed last year after it published a mocking caricature of Muhammad.
Source and full story: VOA News, 19 Sept 2012