Not deterred by the explosive reaction to its last depiction of the Prophet Muhammad, the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has once again published caricatures of the revered Islamic figure, prompting the French Foreign Ministry to order the closure of embassies, diplomatic missions, and schools in some 20 countries as a "security precaution."
The Muhammad cartoons, which appear in the Parisian publication's latest issue, were printed in response to violent protests around the world sparked by the anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims.
Despite the enhanced security measures, the French government said it stood by the magazine's right to publish the cartoons. However, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius cautioned against "throwing oil on the fire."
Muslim organizations in France, which has more Muslims than any other western European nation, asked community members to "rise above their anger" and respond to the magazine's "stupid provocation" through legal means.
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