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It was when Kubra Khademi stopped the traffic in Kabul, and men began to throw stones at her and bay for her blood, that she knew she was going to have to leave the country.All three eventually made it to the French capital, which a half-century after it was last the prime destination for writers and artists fleeing oppression, is again becoming a haven for emigres.Next to a cash-and-carry in a working-class district of northern Paris, a drop-in center has been helping some 200 artists find their feet in France since October. Last week French Culture Minister Francoise Nyssen publicly backed the studio, inviting its artists to her offices even as her government tightened rules making claiming asylum more difficult in France.Khademi, 28, has fully embraced her new life since arriving in the French capital two years ago, going back to university and being honored by the government as a "knight of arts and letters".
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