Nasrallah likens France sticking by cartoons to "declaring a sort of war"

Leader of Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah calls French cartoons of Prophet Mohammed "an aggression."

BEIRUT - The leader of Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah on Friday described French cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed as an aggression and likened Paris sticking by them to "declaring a sort of war".

In a televised speech, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said French authorities had worsened a standoff over the caricatures, which stirred anger among Muslims, by being stubborn.

The head of the heavily armed Shiite movement condemned this week's fatal stabbings at a church in Nice, but said Western leaders also bore responsibility for such crimes because of their roles in Middle East conflicts.