France warns citizens in riot-hit Niger to stay indoors

France`s embassy in Niger warned French citizens to stay indoors Saturday as violent protests against publication of a Prophet Mohammed cartoon by the French weekly Charlie Hebdo spread in the capital Niamey.

AFP| Updated: Jan 17, 2015, 18:42 PM IST

Niamey: France`s embassy in Niger warned French citizens to stay indoors Saturday as violent protests against publication of a Prophet Mohammed cartoon by the French weekly Charlie Hebdo spread in the capital Niamey.

"Be very cautious, avoid going out," the embassy said on its website. Rioters torched churches, threw rocks at police and also ransacked several French-linked businesses, including telephone kiosks run by Orange.