cheap ralph lauren 5 things to know about the French Legion of Honor

5 things to know about the French Legion of Honor

British businessman, Chris Norman, bursts into laugh as he leaves the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, after being awarded with the French Legion of Honor by French President, Francois Hollande, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. Airman Spencer Stone, National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, and their years long friend Anthony Sadler, who subdued the gunman as he moved through the train with an assault rifle strapped to his bare chest. The British businessman, Chris Norman, also jumped into the fray. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

American movie stars Barbra Streisand, Clint Eastwood, Kirk Douglas and Arnold Schwarzenegger have all been given France top honour. President Dwight D. Eisenhower. veterans who fought on French soil during World War II. According to the website of the French Embassy in Washington, the medal is to outstanding services rendered to France. RECIPIENTS

The medal has had its fair share of controversy over the years. Last year, Lance Armstrong was stripped of the Legion of Honor that he was awarded in in 2005, the year of the last of his seven consecutive Tour de France victories. He was later stripped of those titles for doping.

Fashion designer John Galliano was also stripped of his medal in 2012 after being convicted of anti Semitism following a drunken tirade at a Paris bar in 2011.

The other four, in order of increasing importance, are Officer, and, the highest, the Cross, which features a red sash and a ruby badge.

There is technically a sixth division, the Master, made up of just one person: President Francois Hollande. All French presidents become Master to symbolize their status as head of the legion.

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