French auctioneers Osenat have opted against selling off a Quranic manuscript removed from a famous mosque in Cairo at the time of Napoleon's foray into Egypt, two centuries ago, it emerged on Thursday.

A French auction house has withdrawn from sale a Quran manuscript that was taken from Cairo during Napoleon's Egyptian campaign at the end of the 18th century.

Auctioneers Osenat said they had decided not to proceed with the sale in light of strong opposition in Egypt and representations from Cairo's embassy in Paris.

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