Keyword: Legion of Honour
Out of the 600 recipients, twenty were involved in last year's fatal attacks in January and in a Thalys train attack later in August.
The public refusal of celebrated economist Thomas Piketty to accept the state's highest distinction, the Legion of Honour, sparked controversy in France last week. Some in the government sought to paint the best-selling left-wing economist's decision as that of a quixotic intellectual stuck inside an ivory tower. But as Hubert Huertas points out, Piketty's refusal was not based on vanity or a whim. Instead the affair throws the spotlight back on François Hollande himself, who as a presidential candidate championed Piketty's ideas to get himself elected but who once in office refused to implement them as government policy. In other words, the controversy has become a symbol of how the French president failed to keep his promise.
Author of 'Capital in the 21st Century' turned down Légion d'honneur saying government should instead focus on reviving French economy.
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 singer's nomination for honour is approved after reportedly first being rejected over his drug use and opposition to Vietnam war.