Barbra Streisand receives France's top civilian honor. The music star has been awarded with a medal of the Legion of Honor Thursday June 28th, just days after performed a concert in Paris as part of her first-ever European tour.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy presented Streisand with the award in a ceremony attended by the likes of French crooner Charles Aznavour and actor Alain Delon. "You are the America that we love," he said on the singer. "Women like you ... do a lot to bring our two peoples together."
"I am deeply honored to be joining the playwrights, heads of state, artists and leaders who have accepted this honor before me," Streisand commented upon receiving the honor. "I leave with a sense of inspiration and responsibility as an artist to always reflect the truth and as a citizen to try and create a world of justice, compassion, equality and peace - one with a little more music and a little more joy."
The Legion of Honor, created by Napoleon Bonaparte in the early 19th century, is France's elite national merit society. Foreigners cannot be officially inducted into the Legion, yet they are routinely made honorary recipients.