Syria's Assad returns legion of honour award from France

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has returned his Legion d'honneur award, France's highest recognition of civil merit which was given to him in 2001, in retaliation for French participation in airborne strikes against the Damascus regime earlier this month and just days after Paris announced it intended stripping him of the decoration.

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Syria has returned to France the prestigious Légion d'honneur it gave to President Bashar al-Assad 17 years ago, saying he would not wear the award from a "slave" to America, reports FRANCE 24.