France grants political asylum to Femen leader

Shevchenko herself made the decision public, showing official documents that say the move was effective from 9 April to the AFP news agency.

The French authorities have refused to confirm the information, saying that it is confidential.

Her application for asylum was “strategic”, she said, motivated by the need to have a base from shich to develop Femen, whose members and sympathisers have organised topless protests against sexism, homophobia, prostitution and religion in several European countries since 2010.

Two French women and one German recently served jail time in Tunisia after a protest in support of Amina Sboui, a Tunisian Femen supporter currently in prison awaiting trial.

In September 2012 the group opened a training school for “new feminism” in Paris.

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The mission of the "FEMEN" movement is to create the most favourable conditions for the young women to join up into a social group with the general idea of the mutual support and social responsibility, helping to reveal the talents of each member of the movement.

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