Highest French distinction :Officer of Order of the Legion of Honour” conferred on Amitabh Bachchan
Paris, 11 October 2006
The French government has bestowed the award of Officier de la Legion d’Honneur (Officer of the Legion of Honour) on mega superstar, Amitabh Bachchan.
The "Légion d’Honneur" (Legion of Honour) is the highest distinction that can be conferred in France on a French citizen as well as on a foreigner. The award is a recognition of Mr. Bachchan’s contribution to Indian and international cultural life.
Mr. Dominique Girard, Ambassador of France will confer the award on the legendary actor at a later date.
The French government confers several distinctions amongst which the Order of the Legion of Honour is the highest national distinction. The Order of the Legion of Honour was instituted in 1802 by Napoléon Bonaparte.
Some famous personalities who have been awarded this honour include Steven Spielberg and Gérard Depardieu. In India, the renowned film director Satyajit Ray and sitar maestro Ravi Shankar are some of the famous Indian personalities who have been bestowed this honour.