Marion Cotillard put forward for France's highest honour
The Oscar-winning actor was among 650 names from the worlds of politics, culture, sport and public life put forward for the Légion d’Honneur
The Oscar-winning actor Marion Cotillard was among those put forward for the Légion d’Honneur, France’s highest honour, as the country celebrated its national day.
She was among 650 names from the worlds of politics, culture, sport and public life published in the government’s official journal for Bastille Day.
Cotillard, 40, was the first French woman since 1960 to win the top US film acting prize for her portrayal of the singer Édith Piaf in the 2007 movie La Vie en Rose, and she was nominated again in last year’s awards for her turn as a woman battling for her job in Two Days, One Night.
France gave Cotillard its top artistic award in 2010, but she was left wincing when the then culture minister, Frédéric Mitterrand, jabbed the pin of the order through her blouse as he made her a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.
The Légion d’Honneur is awarded three times annually – at the start of the year, Easter and Bastille Day – with civilians taking two-thirds of the places on the list and the military making up the rest.
Other recipients announced on Thursday included the photographer Raymond Depardon, who took President Hollande’s portrait in 2012, and the celebrated Brazilian photojournalist Sebastião Salgado. War veteran Sylvia Wild, 93, from Cardiff, received the award from the French consul earlier this week, for her part in the D-Day landings.