A Moroccan artist on Wednesday suspended his exhibit in a French arts festival after his projection of Koranic verses onto a bridge almost sparked a riot when people trod on them.

Mounir Fatmi said he was putting his work on hold until the exhibit could be shown properly -- without the chance of people walking on the verses -- at the "Printemps de Septembre" art festival in the southwestern city of Toulouse.

The exhibit was only meant to be shown at the weekend, with measures taken to ensure noone could set their feet on the ground as the verses from the Muslim holy book and other images were projected there.

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