France distinguishes opposition MP

France distinguishes opposition MP Marcin Obara/PAP

Barbara Nowacka, social activist and MP for the opposition grouping Civic Coalition (KO), has been awarded the French National Order of Merit for her involvement in furthering social equality, women's rights and sex education.

Nowacka received the distinction from French ambassador to Poland Frederic Billet.

At the award ceremony in the French Embassy in Warsaw, Billet said Nowacka's main fields of activity were the promotion of sex education and women's reproductive rights. He also commended her for her contributions to Polish-French relations.

"One can say that you are an exemplary activist for values which France defends and propagates," Billet said.

Instituted by Charles de Gaulle in 1963, the National Order of Merit is the fourth-ranking French distinction.