Gault-Millau founder stripped of French honours

26th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 26, 2006 (AFP) - Christian Millau, who co-founded the Gault et Millau gastronomic bible, has been stripped of the French Legion of Honour for a year after being convicted of building a Riviera villa without a permit.

PARIS, May 26, 2006 (AFP) - Christian Millau, who co-founded the Gault et Millau gastronomic bible, has been stripped of the French Legion of Honour for a year after being convicted of building a Riviera villa without a permit.

The conviction goes back to 2003, when Millau was ordered to demolish his illegally-built house, nestled in the hills above the iconic Riviera village of Saint Tropez, and to pay a 150,000-euro fine.

Two decrees suspending Millau's Legion of Honour, which the 77-year-old has held since 1987, and his membership of the National Order of Merit, awarded in 1978, were published in the government's official gazette on Friday.

The year-long suspension is applied automatically in the case of sentences of less than one year in jail.

Millau's 200-square-metre villa, named 'Vigne Sainte-Anne', was built on the edge of a nature reserve under a century-old pine, overlooking the Saint Tropez bay and the beaches of Pampelonne.

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