Algeria, Tunisia ban French magazine

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Officials say Algeria and Tunisia have banned this week's issue of a French magazine deemed prejudicial to Islam. That follows Morocco, which banned the magazine L'Express International last week.

The cover story in question is titled "The Jesus-Muhammad Shock," which is also the name of a book by one of the magazine's chief editors.

Algerian officials said Monday the cover story is "pro-Bible" and breaks Muslim rules by representing the face of Islam's prophet Muhammad. Tunisian officials would not comment.

All three North African countries have seen a rise in Islamic extremism.

The French newsweekly's Web site said it didn't understand why it had been banned, since pains had been taken to adhere to Islamic norms, notably by covering Muhammad's face with a white veil.

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