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France to ban new Prophet film protest

France's Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault walks with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (R) ahead of a meeting in Brussels September 18, 2012. REUTERS/Yves Herman

PARIS: France's prime minister says a planned demonstration by people angry over a film produced in the United States that insults the Prophet Muhammad won't be allowed to go ahead.

Jean-Marc Ayrault says organizers of the planned demonstration Saturday against the film "Innocence of Muslims" won't receive police authorization for the protest.

Ayrault told French radio RTL on Wednesday that "there's no reason for us to let a conflict that doesn't concern France come into our country. We are a republic that has no intention of being intimidated by anyone."

A wave of protest has swept some Muslim countries over the amateurish video posted online. The total number of deaths linked to unrest over the film is at least 28.

 

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