Honouring Louise Arbour

The French Legion of Honour has a romantic, grandiose, maybe anachronistic air about it. The merit award dates back to Napoleon who started it as a military honour, replacing the honours attached to the ousted French royalty. It continues to this day for French citizens recognized for some kind of service to the république and to the occasional foreigner for works of exceptional merit.

Jim Creskey
Published: Wednesday, 02/15/2012 12:00 am EST

The French Legion of Honour has a romantic, grandiose, maybe anachronistic air about it. The merit award dates back to Napoleon who started it as a military honour, replacing the honours attached to the ousted French royalty. It continues to this day for French citizens recognized for some kind of service to the république and to the occasional foreigner for works of exceptional merit.

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