Egypt's Mursi cancels Paris visit amid crisis

Protesters use slingshots to launch stones at riot police during clashes near Qasr el-Nil bridge, in Cairo. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih
Protesters use slingshots to launch stones at riot police during clashes near Qasr el-Nil bridge, in Cairo. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih
Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi has cancelled a planned visit to Paris this week, France's presidency said today, as a political crisis flares in Egypt.

Mursi had been due to arrive in Paris on Thursday afternoon following a visit to Berlin on Wednesday and later meet Hollande over breakfast on Friday.

Mursi's spokesman Yasser Ali said in Cairo that the president would reschedule a visit at another time.

When pressed to give a reason, he said: "The president will travel to Germany on a one-day trip and return to Egypt to closely follow the situation."

Mursi declared a month-long state of emergency on Monday in three cities on the Suez Canal in the face of violent anti-government protests.

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