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France announced to honour Shahrukh Khan with Legion of Honour

Jun 27, 2014 11:45 IST

France on 25 June 2014 announced to honour Shahrukh Khan with Officer of the Legion of Honour for his contribution to Cinema.

The award of Officier de la Legion d'Honneur (Officer of the Legion of Honour) is the highest honour among Civilians and Military bestowed by France on French citizen as well as foreigners.

He will be honoured with Legion of Honour during the visit of French foreign minister Laurent Fabius to India on 30 June 2014.

Shahrukh Khan is the second Bollywood actor after Amitabh Bachchan to be honoured with Legion of Honour. Amitabh Bachchan received the honour in 2007.

Other noted Indian personalities who have been honoured with France highest honour are Lata Mangeshkar and Satyajit Ray for their contribution in their respective fields as well.

Earlier, Shahrukh Khan was honoured with Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the Government of France in 2007 for his contribution to films.

He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2005.

About Officer of the Legion of Honour

Officer of the Legion of Honour (Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur) is a French order established by Napoleon Bonaparte on 19 May 1802.

The Order is the highest decoration in France and is divided into five degrees: Chevalier (Knight), Officier (Officer), Commandeur (Commander), Grand Officier (Grand Officer), and Grand Croix (Grand Cross).

The order's motto is Honour and Fatherland and its seat is the Palais de la Légion d'Honneur on the left bank of the River Seine in Paris.

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