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Asia Bibi invited to live in France by President Macron

by Premier Journalist

French President Emmanuel Macron met Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi on Friday and invited her to live in France.

Bibi was accused of committing blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad in 2010, after an argument broke out when she asked her fellow farm-workers for water but they refused to give her any because she was Christian. 

After meeting with the French President in the Elysée palace, Bibi is still indecisive where she wants to settle. 

"France is a symbol for me. It was the first country in the world to really support me, and the country from which my name became known," Bibi said. 

"I need time to think... But for the time being I need to concentrate on my health, my family and my children's education." 

Bibi promoted her book 'Enfin Libre!' (Finally Free!) during her visit to France, which she co-wrote with French Journalist, Anne-Isabelle Tollet, who publicised Bibi's case and formed an international committee to support her in 2015.

An Elysée official said France was "ready to welcome" Bibi if she wished, providing she met the criteria for asylum. 

The eight-year death row prisoner was acquitted last year and was granted to stay with her family for one year in Canada.

Bibi currently lives in Canada with her husband and daughters in a three-bedroom apartment. But she still prays to go back to her home Pakistan one day.

Bibi's case caused outrage in the Christian world and two Pakistani politicians were killed for publicly supporting Bibi and criticising the country's blasphemy laws.

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