Afghan film star in French exile after death threats

The feted star of an internationally-acclaimed film, Afghan actress Marina Golbahari, and her husband have been chased from their home to the brink of suicide in a filthy French asylum shelter after she was photographed without a veil.

Fearing for their lives, the couple has kept a low profile since they arrived five months ago for a film festival.

“We never thought of staying,” said her husband Noorullah Azizi. “We hardly packed anything.”

But death threats back home against them and their family, they said, ruled out a return.