Sir Paul McCartney Bestowed With France's Legion of Honour
The 70-year-old Liverpudlian was honoured on Saturday in a small ceremony at The Élysée Palace, the official residence of the French supremo.
The theme of the event was quite casual and Hollande even managed to squeeze in a little, friendly tease by telling McCartney that he liked the Rolling Stones more than the Beatles.
The Legion of Honour is a creation of the great French leader Napoleon Bonaparte and it has three levels, namely: chevalier, officer and commander. Unlike many other public awards, this one doesn't carry any monetary benefits, although the prestige attached to it is considered priceless.
The Republic of France doesn't even bear the cost of the medal that is awarded to the awardees and the recipients themselves have to buy it from a selected range of jewellers.
McCartney isn't the first big-name celebrity to receive the Legion of Honour from France. Before him, veteran actors Clint Eastwood and Robert De Niro, and singing stars Lenny Kravitz and Liza Minnelli have also been given this accolade.
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