A selection of photo stories photographed by photojournalist in Paris, France, Leo Novel.
39 imagesSextremists, as the topless protest group Femen call themselves, gained considerable media coverage after initially being founded in 2008 in the Ukraine. From its original roots fighting against sex tourism and inequality in their native land Femen took to broadenning their fight to include the institutions and manifestations of patriarchy, dictatorship, religion and the sex industry. The group was severly criticised and received physical threats after chainsawing a 13 foot high wooden cross in an act of protest against the power of the church, in central Kiev in August 2012. After that event Inna Shevchenko, a 24 year old journalism graduate from Kiev University and a key member of the movement, fled to France to seek political asylum and founded Femen international in the premises of a squatted theater in the neighbourhood of Goutte d’Or in Paris. Femen continues to train activists in Paris, organize protests and, more and more, promote its movement worldwide. They have recently opened ten new branches in countries around the globe.
16 imagesToxic Red Mud Sludge hits Hungary, Kolontar: Europe’s biggest ecological catastrophe since Chernobyl The Ajka alumina sludge spill was an industrial accident at a caustic waste reservoir chain of the Ajkai Timföldgyár alumina plant in Ajka, Veszprém County, in western Hungary.On 4 October 2010, at 12:25 CEST (10:25 UTC), the northwestern corner of the dam of reservoir no. 10 collapsed, freeing about a million cubic metres (35 million cubic feet) of liquid waste from red mud lakes. The mud was released as a 1-2 m (3-7 ft) wave, flooding several nearby localities, including the village of Kolontár and the town of Devecser. At least nine people died, and 122 people were injured. About 40 square kilometres (15 square miles) of land were initially affected. The spill reached the Danube river on 7 October 2010. The ruptured and weakened wall of the reservoir which released the caustic sludge is in danger of collapsing entirely, which could release an additional 500,000 cubic metres of sludge. The wave of mud flooded streets in Kolontár, where four people were confirmed dead, and Devecser, where the flow was powerful enough to move cars and vans. The cause of death of the Kolontár victims has not been formally confirmed.