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Article published the Thursday 10 January 2013 - Latest update : Thursday 10 January 2013

France honours Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousufzai leaves hospital in Birminghma, UK
Reuters/Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham/Handout


France on Wednesday honoured Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education.

Her father, Ziaudin Yousafzai, received France's Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Women's Freedom on her behalf.

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In his acceptance speech, he said the Taliban were fighting a lost cause and must accept peace talks, adding that the whole world rose up to support his daughter.

Last week Malala Yousafzai was discharged from a British hospital and is awaiting reconstructive surgery on her skull.

In October she was shot in the head by a Taliban hitman as her school bus made its way through the town of Mingora in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.

tags: Education - France - Islamist - Malala Yousafzai - Pakistan - School - Shooting - Women's rights
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