Elton John Awarded With France’s Highest Order of Merit ‘Legion d’Honneur’

Elton John

British musician, Elton John has been awarded with the ‘Legion d’Honneur’ which is the highest order of merit in existence in the nation.

The award was made by French President, Emmanuel Macron during a ceremony at the Élysée Palace.

The award was instituted by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 and has a motto which reads: Honneur et Patrie (“Honour and Fatherland”). It has been explained to have the seat is, Palais de la Légion d’Honneur. which is next to the Musée d’Orsay, on the left bank of the Seine in Paris.

Macron commended Elton John for his musical exploits and also his work as an activist especially in the fight against discrimination against LGBT characters.

John who is still in the middle of the wild success of the Rocketman biopic which was based on his life, took to the podium to give a speech and in it while thanking the French president and people for the award, he also drew attention to the charity work he’s currently involved in which is The Elton John Aids Foundation and which has generated more than £310m for HIV prevention, education and support.

He was particular about his passion for the fight against HIV/AIDS which he said was very personal to him.

“Like music, the fight against AIDS has been my passion for many many years.” he started.

“And like music this fight reminds me every day of the extraordinary power of the human spirit. And that things that bind us are stronger than those that divide us. It is this magical human spirit I will carry with me as a proud member of the Legion d’Honneur.

“I have a huge love affair with France: I have a house here, I’ve always loved coming here, I love the French culture, the way of life and the French people.”

We congratulate the singer on this incredible achievement.

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