Danielle Steel awarded France’s highest honour, the Legion of Honor. It was revealed by the government’s official newsletter on 1 January 2014.
• Steel, US author joined other foreigners such as singers Bono, Douglas MacArthur, Julia Child and Bob Dylan or writer Philip Roth who received the France highest honour in recognition of service to France.
• She has sold 600 million copies of her books in 70 countries and in 43 languages.
• Steel had been already decorated as an officer of the Order of Arts and Letters, France’s top Cultural honour.
• She was made a Chevalier of the order, which was founded by Napoleon in 1802.
France traditionally announces the awards on 1 January of every year, as well as on every Easter and on 14 July, the country’s national day.
Those who have already become members of the Legion d´Honor can be elevated to higher ranks.
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Who: Danielle Steel
When: on 1 January 2014