She said that Cansiz had been granted refugee status by France. Devris Cimen, head of the Frankfurt-based Kurdish Center for Public Information, also said Cansiz had been granted asylum. The Interior Ministry did not immediately reply to requests for comment.
Kurds are scattered over four countries - Turkey, Syria, Iran and Iraq - where they enjoy varying levels of freedom. In Turkey, they make up around 20 percent of the population and were long denied many rights, including even speaking the Kurdish language in the 1980s.
Many hundreds of thousands of Kurds have settled in Europe, especially in Germany. More than 150,000 Kurds and people of Kurdish descent live in France, according to an academic study.
In the PKK's nearly three-decade insurgency, fighters frequently launch hit-and-run attacks from bases in northern Iraq, a largely autonomous Kurdish region. Turkey is now also worried about possible infiltration by Kurdish rebels from Syria, where Kurdish groups have reportedly grabbed power in some areas along the Syrian-Turkish border.
Details about the crime dripped out from Kurdish organizations Thursday, but some reports were conflicting.
According to the Federation of Kurdish Associations of France, the three women were alone at the center Wednesday and were unreachable by telephone. In a statement, the group said friends went there after midnight and saw traces of blood on the door, so they broke it down and discovered the bodies. It said two of the women were shot in the neck and one in the stomach.
RTL radio reported that all three were shot in the head.
The police would not immediately confirm those reports, except to say the bodies were found about 1:30 a.m. However, a French judicial official said there was no sign of a break-in, even by friends. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to talk to the media.
Huseyin Celik, the deputy chairman of Turkey's ruling party, said the attack appeared to be the result of "an internal feud" within the PKK, but did not provide any evidence to back that up. Celik also suggested the slayings were an attempt to derail the peace talks.
Gultan Kisanak, a leader of a Kurdish political party, called Cansiz "an idol of the Kurdish people and Kurdish women" and rejected the possibility of an internal PKK feud.
"How dare they present the murder of a revolutionary as internal strife without any evidence?" she said in response to Celik's comment.
Erdogan said his country's intelligence agency is meeting with the PKK's jailed leader, Abdullah Ocalan, on a prison island off Istanbul where he has been serving a life sentence since 1999. Two Kurdish legislators were allowed to travel to the island last week to participate in the talks.
Turkish government officials said a PKK attack on a military post this week was an attempt to derail the talks.
Fraser reported from Ankara, Turkey. Elaine Ganley, Jamey Keaten, Lori Hinnant and Sohrab Monemi in Paris contributed to this report.
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