KUALA LUMPUR, March 16 — Malaysian actress, Datuk Michelle Yeoh has been awarded the officer of Legion of Honour, the highest decoration by France, during a ceremony in Paris on Wednesday (March 14). The award was presented by French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Elysee Palace, the official residence of the president, according to a statement by the Malaysian embassy in Paris today.
Present at the ceremony were the president’s wife Carla Bruni, Bernadette Chirac, wife of the former president Jacques Chirac as well as Malaysian ambassador to France Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Zainal.
During the ceremony, President Sarkozy decorated 11 personalities from the world of arts and entertainment with the Legion of Honour or The Order of Merit. Besides Michelle, French composer Jean-Michel Barre and designer Jean-Claude Jitrois also received the Legion of Honour award.
The statement said the Legion of Honour is France’s highest honour, while the order, consisting of five distinct ranks, rewards men and women, French or foreigners for their exemplary services rendered to France or to the causes supported by France.