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France to award Paul McCartney Legion of Honour
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3 September 2012
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PARIS, Sept 3 (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande is scheduled to decorate former Beatle Paul McCartney with a Legion of Honour award, the president's office told Reuters on Monday.
In the ceremony scheduled for Sept. 8, McCartney will be made an officer of the Legion of Honour, France's highest public distinction which has been awarded to the likes of actor Clint Eastwood and singer Liza Minnelli.
No one at McCartney's office was available for comment.
Created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, and symbolised by a red lapel thread, the Legion of Honour has three grades, Chevalier, Officer and Commander.
The honour carries social status but no money, and recipients have to buy their own medal from a licensed jeweller, with prices ranging from 169 euros to 700 euros ($210 to $880) for the highest rank.
McCartney, 70, is the most influential songwriter in the history of popular music. He has already been awarded a knighthood by Britain's Queen Elizabeth, whom he recently serenaded along with tens of thousands of spectators at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
He first rose to international fame with The Beatles, co-authoring songs such as 'Yesterday' and 'Hard Day's Night' alongside bandmate John Lennon, then went on to forge a solo career, forming the band Wings with his first wife Linda.
He and Ringo Starr are the only remaining members of The Beatles.
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(Reporting By Vicky Buffery and Elizabeth Pineau; Editing by Paul Casciato)
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On 4 April 2009, former Beatles Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr headlined a historic, one-night star-studded concert to benefit the David Lynch Foundation's global initiative to teach one million at-risk youth to meditate. The event, held at the world-famous Radio City Music Hall in New York City, was called 'Change Begins Within'. Joining Paul and Ringo for their first reunion concert in 20 years were Jerry Seinfeld, Sheryl Crowe, Donovan, Moby, Eddie Vedder, and Ben Harper. Several press reports called it 'the musical event of a lifetime'. There was also a Press Conference prior to the event in which Sir Paul and Ringo participated.
Film director David Lynch was also presented with the Legion of Honour during a grand ceremony at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris on 1 October 2007. The Legion d'Honneur is France's order of merit, established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802. It is the premier order of France, and its award is one of great distinction. The order's motto is Honneur et Patrie (Honour and Fatherland). Dr Lynch viewed this occasion as significant for establishing true invincibility for France.
To watch Change Begins Within event highlights, press conference, and to read more, please see David Lynch Foundation past events: here
(Scroll down for Paul McCartney headlines benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall)
Transcendental Meditation Blog with video here
NY Times article on Change Begins Within: here
David Lynch Foundation: here
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