Highest French Distinction conferred on Mr Yashwant Sinha
Highest French Distinction “Officer of the Legion of Honour” conferred on Mr Yashwant Sinha, distinguished BJP leader
New Delhi, 25 April 2015
The French Government has appointed Mr Yashwant Sinha Officier de la Légion d’Honneur (Officer of the Legion of Honour), the highest French civilian distinction, in recognition of his international action as Union Minister of Finance (1998-2002), then External Affairs (2002 – 2004), and his invaluable contribution to thought on international issues.
As Minister of External Affairs, and Chair of the Indo-French Parliamentary Friendship Group since its very inception (2009-2014), Mr Yashwant Sinha contributed to the deepening of the Indo-French strategic partnership, launched during the visit of Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Paris (September 1998) and the development of ties between France and India, a global relationship that now encompasses all dimensions.
On behalf of the President of the French Republic, Ambassador François Richier conferred the distinction on Mr Yashwant Sinha, at a ceremony on 25th April at the Residence of France.
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.