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.
Manuel Valls insisted that planned EU-US deal known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) was against 'EU interests'.
The French president said he expected Chancellor Angela Merkel to give 'exact details' over report that German intelligence spied on Laurent Fabius.
France and the US announced a 60M-dollar reparation agreement to be paid to non-French survivors and relatives, ending any further legal claims.
Ten works by the 70-year-old author have been published in the US following the award last October, with another six due later this year.
La Coiffeuse, stolen from a Paris museum in 2001, was found last year by a New Jersey shipping company after sent in a parcel from Belgium.
Move comes as documents show that US agents spied on Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande, listening to their phone calls.
With a March 31st deadline to ongoing talks, France has adopted harder line over conditions of a deal which the US wants to conclude swiftly.
Observers say historic visit to island by President François Hollande in May is as much about shoring up trade ties as politics and culture.
Bradley Birkenfeld, an ex-UBS employee who helped US prosecution of the bank for aiding tax evasion is to help similar probe in France.
The French engineering group admitted falsifying books to pay more than 75 million dollars in bribes worldwide for energy arm contracts.
A senior French military official has said troops are to move to a desert outpost close to the Libyan border to obstruct arms trafficking.
While French investors reduce their stakes in CAC 40, US investors raised their holdings by 1.9 billion dollars in the first six months of 2014.
Denial comes after US website claimed French intelligence officer had joined terrior group and was target of US air strikes.