Elton John has been awarded Frances highest civilian award, the Legion dHonneur.
The British singer was given the honour by President Emmanuel Macron during a ceremony at the Élysée Palace on Friday 21 June, for Eltons work as a musician but also for his work on one of the first gay artists to give a voice to the LGBT community.
The French president described him as an icon that knows how to set an example as he pinned on the badge.
To receive this decoration, the day of the Fete de la Musique, makes it even more special, said Elton as he accepted the award.
Like music, the fight against AIDS has been my passion for many many years. 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 dHonneur.
Eltons charity, the Elton John Aids Foundation, has generated more than £310m for HIV prevention, education and support.
I have a huge love affair with France: I have a house here, Ive always loved coming here, I love the French culture, the way of life and the French people, he added.
The ceremony was also attended by Eltons husband David Furnish and 2000 guests.
AIDS still exists, still strikes, and continues to advance, Macron told the crowds.
We still have a lot to do to convince (people) that they must protect themselves, that it is not a story ofRead More – Source