France Day – Jean-Paul Belmondo and Claudia Cardinale, among the 400 people who will be awarded the Legion of Honor


The actors Jean-Paul Belmondo and Claudia Cardinale will be great officers, director Costa-Gavras will be promoted to the commander, as well as the musicians Françoise Fabian and Jean-Michel Jarre.

Thierry de Montbrial, a member of the Academy of Moral and Political Science, president of the French Institute for International Relations (Ifri), will be named a senior officer. Annette Becker, a historian, an expert in World War I and genocide, will be promoted to the officer, and sociologist Gérald Bronner will be named a knight.

Astronaut Thomas Pesquet will be named the knight for “exceptional service,” thanks to a provision in the Legion of Honor Code that provides for a minimum contribution of 20 years for such activities.

Former President of the National Assembly, Bernard Accoyer, will be appointed the officer.

In the “service of general interest” category, two people will be called a knight: Christophe Gehres and Damien Myna. Founder of the SOS Attentats Association, Françoise Rudetzki, will be a distinguished officer.

The Légion d’honneur is the highest French civil and military distinction, established in 1802 and granted uninterrupted from 1804 to the present.


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