New Delhi: The French Government is honouring MP Shashi Tharoor with the highest civilian honour, ‘Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur’. The French order of merit that was established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte is awarded for excellent civil or military conduct.
The French government is honouring him with its highest honour, ‘Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur’, for his writings and speeches. The French Ambassador in New Delhi has written to Tharoor, informing him about the honour, which will be conferred on him during the next visit of any minister of the French government to India. Last year, Tharoor had surprised the officials of the Embassy, Consulates, Alliance Francaise and military attaches by delivering a speech in French. Interestingly, Tharoor had received a similar honour from the Spanish government in 2010 when the King of Spain had bestowed upon him the ‘Encomienda de la Real Order Espanola de Carlos III’.