Former Union Finance Minister and veteran BJP leader Yashwant Sinha was on 25 April 2015 conferred with the Officier de la Légion d’Honneur (Officer of the Legion of Honour) in recognition of his valuable contribution to thought on international issues.
This highest French civilian distinction was presented by the French Ambassador François Richier on behalf of the President of the French Republic
As a Minister of External Affairs and Chairman of the Indo-French Parliamentary Friendship Group since its very inception (2009-2014), Yashwant Sinha contributed to the deepening of the Indo-French strategic partnership launched during the visit of Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Paris in 1998.
Created in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte, the Legion of Honour is the highest civilian award given by the French Republic for outstanding service to France, regardless of the nationality of the recipients. The President of the French Republic is the Grand Master of the Order of the Legion of Honour.
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Who: Yashwant Sinha
When: 25 April 2015