Keyword: légion d'honneur
Michel Houellebecq, who at times has been forced to live under police protection, has been awarded the Legion of Honour.
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.
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.
Number of awardees to decrease by 50% for civilians, 10% for soldiers and 25% for foreigners amid claims they are granted too easily.
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.
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.
Two months after Paris condemned Saudi mass executions, Prince Mohammed bin Naif is handed Légion d'honneur by President Hollande.
Famed for his aristocratic connections and love of disco clubs, the Irish Guards vet was captured by Germans after defending Boulogne-sur-Mer.
Rights groups are concerned over earlier French announcement that Moroccan spy chief accused of torture will be given the 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.'
Abdellatif Hammouchi is to be given France's highest award for merit, despite facing lawsuits for torture brought by Moroccan-French activists.
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.
The American singer-songwriter was 'blackballed' because of his anti-war activism during the Vietnam War and his cannabis use.