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Thu Apr 15, 2021, 11:48 AM

France urges citizens to leave Pakistan amid anti-French protests

Source: BBC

France urges citizens to leave Pakistan amid anti-French protests

15 April 2021

France has urged all its citizens in Pakistan to leave the country temporarily amid violent anti-French protests across the country.

The country's embassy in Pakistan warned of "serious threats to French interests in Pakistan", saying protests were increasing nationwide.

Two police officers died this week in renewed clashes with protesters.

The protests were sparked months ago after France defended the right to show cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

In October last year, French President Emmanuel Macron strongly defended freedom of expression after the beheading of a teacher who showed such cartoons during a class discussion.

This prompted anger in parts of the Muslim world, including Pakistan, where there were calls for a boycott of French goods.

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