US author Danielle Steel awarded France's highest honour
PARIS (AFP) - Bestselling US author Danielle Steel has been awarded France's highest honour, the government's official newsletter revealed on Wednesday, one of hundreds of personalities to be given the Legion d'honneur on New Year's Day.
Steel joins other foreigners such as singers Bono and Bob Dylan or writer Philip Roth awarded the "Ordre National de la Legion d'honneur" in recognition of service to France or work that is deemed to uphold its ideals.
France traditionally announces the awards on Jan 1 every year, as well as every Easter and July 14th, the country's national day.
Foreigners do not formally become members of the order - founded by Napoleon in 1802 - but are decorated with the legion's insignia.