France warns citizens as cartoon row continues

The French government is warning its citizens living or traveling in several Muslim-majority countries to take extra security precautions, as anger surges over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad being displayed in France. Thousands of protesters in Dhaka, Bangladesh marched against the images on Tuesday, one of many protests and calls to boycott French goods in recent days across the Muslim world. Although there are signs some countries are moving to limit the fallout. Saudi Arabia, for example, condemned the cartoons but held back from echoing boycott calls or other actions. This issue has its roots in the knife attack outside a French school earlier in October in which a man of Chechen origin beheaded Samuel Paty - a local teacher who'd shown students cartoons of Prophet Mohammad in a lesson on freedom of speech. The caricatures are considered blasphemous by Muslims. But since the beheading, the cartoons have been displayed in France in solidarity, angering some Muslims. President Emmanuel Macron has also pledged to fight what he calls "Islamist separatism," saying it was threatening to take over some Muslim communities in France. France's foreign ministry is asking citizens abroad to avoid any protests over the cartoons and avoid any public gatherings. There has also been a flurry of ambassadors being summoned and diplomats recalled. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has been one of the most vociferous critics, leading the call for a boycott of Turkey's own NATO ally.