A play by author Michel Houellebecq -- whose book imagining a Muslim-governed France stirred controversy -- will be staged as planned at a Croatian arts festival despite calls for its cancellation over security fears, the culture ministry said Wednesday.

The Dubrovnik Summer Festival announced earlier this month it would have to cancel Houellebecq's drama "The Elementary Particles" ("Les Particules elementaires") after the interior ministry deemed it a "security risk".

But at a meeting held at the culture ministry on Wednesday, the festival's organising council voted in favour of sticking with the original programme, which includes Houellebecq's controversial play.

Read the complete original version of this item...