PARIS, Sept 19 (Reuters) - France said it would temporarily
close its embassies and schools in 20 countries on Friday after
a French magazine published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, a
move it fears will further inflame tensions over a film mocking
"We have indeed decided as a precautionary measure to close
our premises, embassies, consulates, cultural centres and
schools," a Foreign Ministry spokesman said of the shut-down on
Friday, prayer day across the Muslim world.