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France honours Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai

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

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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.
 

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