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Pakistani Asia Bibi seeks asylum in France

“I want the president to hear my request.” Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi, sentenced to death for blasphemy in 2010 and acquitted eight years later before finding refuge in Canada, wanted this Monday that France grant him political asylum.

Living in France “is my desire,” she said at the microphone of RTL, for her first speech in France where she came to present this week her testimony book “Finally free! “.

“France is the country where I received a new life,” explained Asia Bibi, with reference to her autobiographical book co-written with French journalist Anne-Isabelle Tollet, with whom she hopes to continue working.

A stay under protection

“Obviously, I want the president to hear my request” for asylum, she added, hoping to have the opportunity to meet Emmanuel Macron and his wife during his stay in Paris, which takes place under protection because of the threats it remains the target.

Asia Bibi should receive Tuesday afternoon from the hands of the socialist mayor of the capital, Anne Hidalgo, the diploma of honor from the City of Paris which was awarded to her in 2014. This should be her first public appearance.

Asia Bibi, a farm worker and mother in her 50s, had been sentenced to death following an argument with Muslim villagers over a glass of water.

A refuge in Canada

This was followed by a long judicial saga which had divided the country and moved the international community, attracting the attention of Popes Benedict XVI and Francis.

After spending more than eight years on death row in Pakistan, until her acquittal in October 2018, she has lived in Canada since May 2019.

“I have a deep gratitude to Canada for giving me a place to stay,” said the mother. “I would also like to thank the European Union which has worked day and night for my liberation for 10 years”.

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