Paris police have banned a demonstration planned for Saturday in front of the city’s Grand Mosque to protest against a US-made anti-Islam film, a police source said.
An individual had made an official request to police to hold the demonstration about the film that has sparked protests across the world but was refused permission. If anyone tries to hold the march, he will face six months in jail and a fine of 7,500 euros, the source noted.
France’s interior minister has said he will ban all protests over the low-budget film Innocence of Muslims after a violent demonstration last weekend near the US embassy in Paris.
But social networks were 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 in Paris, Marseille and other major cities.