On Friday, April 28th, Arnold Schwarzenegger was awarded one of France’s highest honors at a ceremony at Élysée Palace in Paris. He was given the award by the French President François Hollande for his efforts in environmental work.
The ceremony made Schwarzenegger an official chevalier of the Legion of Honor and his pride ran deep as he took to his social media to make a statement about receiving the award and giving thanks to the President as well.
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) April 28, 2017
His follow-up Tweet said ‘You are a champion for a clean energy future and your effort made COP21 a success. I look forward to working together on the follow through.‘
The award was founded in 1802 by Napoleon as an order of merit. It is awarded most frequently to military personnel and civilian’s for distinguished service to France. However, it is not exclusively awarded to French citizens.
EW mentioned previous American recipients of the award. Some of those names were Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Danielle Steel, Jerry Lewis and Salma Hayek. They are distinguished and are entitled to wear a small rosette pin to acknowledge such.
If you want to look up some of the work done by Schwarzenegger you can google his involvement in fighting against climate change and global warming. He was also involved with the COP21 world climate change conference in Paris in 2015.
‘…but I knew him’