Marianne is the fictitious bare-breasted heroine who led the French Revolution, enshrined in Eugene Delacroix's famous painting Liberty Leading the People
(1830). She features on French stamps and new designs are regularly commissioned. The latest version of Marianne
has caused a whimper of complaint since one of its co-designers, Olivier Ciappa, admitted on his Twitter account that he had been inspired by Inna Shevchenko, one of the Ukrainian radical feminist group Femen
who bare their breasts in protest. They've bared them in Paris (CLICK
). They've bared them in London (CLICK
). I'm still waiting for them to bare them in Barkingside. The 23-year-old Ukrainian Inna Shevchenko has been granted political asylum in France, presumably because her bare breasts are frowned upon in the Ukraine. French conservatives have voiced complaints over Marianne's new image being inspired by a radical Ukrainian. The right-wing Christian Democratic Party has called for a boycott of the new stamp (CLICK
). It's all a storm in a D cup.