US Secretary of State John Kerry was on 11 December 2016 honoured as the Officer of the Legion of Honour, the highest French civilian distinction for his contribution in peace effort.
Kerry received the award from the French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault following the high level talks on Syria’s war by both the sides.
Kerry has visited France countless times as Secretary of State for high-level diplomatic meetings on Syria, Ukraine and other hotspots.
About the French Legion of Honour
- The French Legion of Honour is an order of distinction that was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in May 1802.
- It is the highest decoration bestowed in France and is divided into five categories- Knight, Officer, Commander, Grand Officer and Grand Cross.
- The highest degree of the Order of the Legion of Honour is that of Grand Master, which is held by the sitting President of the Republic.
- Foreign nationals, who have served France in one way or the other, are eligible to receive a distinction from the Legion of Honour.
- Today, there are around 93000 Legion of Honour recipients.
- Some of the American recipients include Generals Dwight D Eisenhower and Douglas MacArthur, Admiral Michael Mullen and the United States Military Academy at West Point.