Keyword: légion d'honneur

France honours its most provocative author

Michel Houellebecq, who at times has been forced to live under police protection, has been awarded the Legion of Honour.

Syria's Assad returns legion of honour award from France

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.

France to strip Syria's Assad of Légion d'honneur award

The French presidency confirmed on Monday that a procedure has begun to strip Bashar al-Assad of his Légion d'honneur award, France's highest honour for actions of civil merit, given to him in 2001 by France's then-president Jacques Chirac.

France tightens rules over awarding of Légion d'Honneur

Number of awardees to decrease by 50% for civilians, 10% for soldiers and 25% for foreigners amid claims they are granted too easily.

France mulls stripping Harvey Weinstein of Légion d'honneur award

The French presidency has said it is in discussions with the administration that governs the awarding of France's highest civil merit over whether the Legion of Honour given to US film producer Harvey Weinstein should be annulled over claims that he sexually assaulted and harassed a number of women, accusations which he has denied.

France awards John Kerry with the Legion of Honour

French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault presented the US Secretary of State with the insignia of Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour, France's highest civil award, at a ceremony in Paris in which he recalled Kerry's family connections with France and praised his diplomatic endeavours.

France 'quietly' awards honour to visiting Saudi Crown Prince

Two months after Paris condemned Saudi mass executions, Prince Mohammed bin Naif is handed Légion d'honneur by President Hollande. 

Irish WW2 veteran Sir John Leslie, 98, receives French honours

Famed for his aristocratic connections and love of disco clubs, the Irish Guards vet was captured by Germans after defending Boulogne-sur-Mer.

Hollande visits Morocco amid torture controversy

Rights groups are concerned over earlier French announcement that Moroccan spy chief accused of torture will be given the Légion d'honneur.

France train shooting: Hollande awards Légion d'honneur

French president tells three Americans and a Briton who disarmed attacker: 'You put your lives at risk in order to defend freedom.'

Paris-Rabat row ends with Moroccan spy chief to be given Légion d'honneur

Abdellatif Hammouchi is to be given France's highest award for merit, despite facing lawsuits for torture brought by Moroccan-French activists.

US author Danielle Steel awarded France's highest honour

Steel joins other foreigners such as Bob Dylan and Philip Roth awarded the 'Legion d'honneur' in recognition of service to France or its ideals.

Pot-smoking, peacenik Bob Dylan ‘unworthy’ of French Légion d’honneur award

The American singer-songwriter was 'blackballed' because of his anti-war activism during the Vietnam War and his cannabis use.

McCartney to join French Légion d'honneur ranks

Former Beatle Paul McCartney is to receive France's highest civil award from French President François Hollande on September 8th.

Top French expert on industrial illnesses snubs Légion d'honneur

A top French researcher on industrial health issues refuses Légion d'honneur in protest at inaction over what she called "industrial crimes".