Ex-first lady, opera singer awarded top French honour
France's former first lady Bernadette Chirac, star opera singer Roberto Alagna and US columnist John Vinocur were among the recipients of the country's highest distinction.
PARIS, March 25, 2008 - France's former first lady Bernadette Chirac,
star opera singer Roberto Alagna and US columnist John Vinocur were among the recipients Sunday of the country's highest distinction, the Legion of Honour.
Chirac, who publicly backed President Nicolas Sarkozy's election bid last
year despite his fraught relations with her husband Jacques Chirac, was named knight of the Legion of Honour.
The head of the press freedom group Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Robert Menard, was also decorated along with Vinocur, editorialist at the Paris-based US newspaper the International Herald Tribune.
Other recipients of the award -- split equally between men and women for
the first time this year -- include Tunisian fashion designer Azzedine Alaia
and US charity campaigner Lee Radziwill, sister of Jacqueline Kennedy.