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Controversial Bangladeshi Author to Leave India for Paris

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A controversial Bangladeshi author is set to leave India and take up residence in Paris.

Paris city officials said Saturday that Taslima Nasreen will be allowed to live rent-free in an artists' residence in the French capital. Nasreen is an honorary citizen of France, and put in the request for help last year.

Nasreen left her native Bangladesh in 1994 when extremist Muslims accused her of blasphemy for writing her novel "Lajja" -- or "Shame." She moved to Kolkata, India, where she lived for many years before receiving death threats from Islamic extremists in 2007.

The author also briefly lived in Sweden last year, after being granted sanctuary. She later moved back to India, where she has been living in an undisclosed location in New Delhi.

Several of Nasreen's works have been banned in India and Bangladesh for saying that Islam and other religions oppress women.

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