France steps up security amid fallout from beheading teachers

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PARIS (AP) – France is stepping up security at religious sites as the interior minister said the country faces a “very high” risk of terrorist threats. Geopolitical tensions have intensified since the beheading of a French teacher who showed caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in his class. French diplomats are trying to quell anger in Turkey and Arab countries who have called for a boycott of French goods in response to President Emmanuel Macron’s firm stance against Islamism following the beheading. European allies have rallied to Macron’s defense. French national police have called for increased security at religious sites around the Feast of Saints next weekend, noting in particular online threats from extremists against Christians and moderate French Muslims.

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