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France honours Pakistani braveheart Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai, 15, Pakistani education and women's rights activist who was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban militants while returning home on a school bus in the Swat Valley has been discharged from a UK hospital. She has been honoured by French government for her activism and campaigning for girls' education in Pakistan.

THE FATHER of Malala, Ziauddin Yousafzai, accepted the French award "Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Women’s Freedom" on her daughter’s behalf. He thanked the French government and said that the “worldwide prayers and God” have protected both Malala and the cause of humanity and girls' education.

At the award function, Ziauddin Yousafzai appealed to the Taliban that they should come forward for peace talks and embrace humanity.

Malala rose to prominence with a blog for the BBC's Urdu service by describing her life in Swat under the Taliban and later an attempt on her life by the Taliban.

Meanwhile, the former British Prime Minister and current U.N. Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown, has launched a United Nations petition in Malala's name, using the slogan "I am Malala" and demanding that all children worldwide be in school by the end of 2015.

Indian director Amjad Khan has also expressed his desire to make a biographical film based on Malala’s activism and courage for the cause of girls' education and is looking for a child actor who will portray her.

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