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French Authorities Have Banned Weekend Protests in Paris

Preparing for backlash from controversial cartoons published today and anti-Islam film

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(CNN) — French authorities said Wednesday they will not authorize weekend demonstrations in Paris as protests over an anti-Muslim video started to fade worldwide.

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told radio station RTL that French police forces have been reinforced should protesters organize.

"There is no reason to bring conflicts in our country that do not concern France," he said.