French stamp with activist’s likeness raises ire

PARIS (AP) - The new face of France - or at least the official postage stamp for the President Francois Hollande era - is modeled after a Ukrainian woman who takes her top off to defend feminist causes.

Not everyone thinks that's appropriate. The small, conservative Christian Democrat Party is calling for a boycott of the stamp.

Hollande on Sunday unveiled the new stamp, meant to represent Marianne, a symbol of France since the revolution.

Afterward, artist Olivier Ciappa said the image was modeled largely after Femen activist Inna Shevchenko. It's unclear whether Hollande, a Socialist who has pushed for more women's rights, knew about the Femen inspiration.


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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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