Former Sevilla striker Frederic Kanoute, a devout Muslim, has called the publication of cartoons of a naked Prophet Mohammed in a French magazine "a provocation".

"They are a provocation, but provocations are also made by some Muslims. It is an attempt to do harm and sometimes the reactions of some Muslims are not positive," he said in an interview published Wednesday in Spanish daily El Pais.

"I think that the West and the Muslim world still have not learned how to live together. That is the problem," the French-born Malian footballer, who now plays for Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan, added.

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