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Paris riot police out in force to stop demos over Islam film

Published on Sep 22, 2012 9:29 PM
 
French riot policemen stand in front of the United States embassy on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris, on Sept 22, 2012, as police was deployed in several areas of the city to enforce a ban on protests over an anti-Islam film or against a French magazine that published cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad. -- PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - Riot police were deployed in several areas of Paris on Saturday to enforce a ban on protests over an anti-Islam film or against a French magazine that published cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad.

Squads were positioned near the city's Grand Mosque, on the Trocadero square that overlooks the Eiffel Tower, and on the Place de la Concorde, where a week ago an unauthorised demo about the film led to police making 150 arrests.

Social networks have been awash this week with appeals for Muslims in France, home to western Europe's largest Islamic community, to defy the ban and hold fresh protests.

But by mid-afternoon on Saturday, there were no reports of anyone trying to protest in the capital.

 
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