Paul McCartney receives top French honor

  • Former Beatle Paul McCartney has been awarded France's highest public distinction for his contribution to music with President Francois Hollande marking him an officer of the Legion of Honor.

    Shortly after the private ceremony at the presidential palace, during which Hollande jokingly told McCartney he had preferred the Rolling Stones to the Beatles, the British star tweeted his thanks to France.

    The Legion of Honor was created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 and has three grades: chevalier, officer and commander.

    It carries social status but no monetary reward and recipients must buy their own medal from a licensed jeweller, with prices ranging from $210 to $880 for the highest rank.

    U.S. actors Clint Eastwood and Robert De Niro as well as singers Liza Minnelli and Lenny Kravtiz have previously been decorated with the Legion of Honor.

    McCartney has already been awarded a knighthood by Britain's Queen Elizabeth.