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Michelle Yeoh receives Commander of the Legion of Honour award from France

The French president himself awarded the actress with France's highest civilian honour

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 29 Mar 2017

Michelle gets award
French President François Hollande and Michelle Yeoh (Photo: Michelle Yeoh/Facebook)

[Updated 29 March 2017] Tan Sri Dato' Michelle Yeoh is now Commander of the Legion of Honour. She received the title yesterday, bestowed upon her by French President François Hollande at a private ceremony. The actress wore a beautiful green Elie Saab dress and was accompanied by her mother Datin Janet Yeoh, and her sister-in-law Megan Yeoh.

"I am overwhelmed and so deeply honoured… in his very, very tight schedule, for President Hollande to do this, I am truly honoured," Michelle said.

Congratulations, Michelle!

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Tan Sri Dato' Michelle Yeoh will receive the Commander of the Legion of Honour title later today. French President François Hollande will award ELLE Malaysia's first cover star in a private ceremony held at the Residence de France in Kuala Lumpur.

The prestigious award is the highest civilian decoration anyone can receive from the French government and it is only bestowed on people who have rendered invaluable services to humanitarian efforts that are supported by France. Michelle is known for her charity work, which includes global efforts for road safety; she was also appointed UNDP Goodwill Ambassador in 2016 to raise awareness for Sustainable Development Goals, a UNDP effort to eradicate poverty by 2030.

Photo: Michelle Yeoh/Facebook

In 2012, the Malaysian actress was awarded the title of Officer of the Legion of Honour by then-French President Nicolas Sarkozy (a minimum of five yeas in the rank of Officer is required for one to be promoted to Commander). In February last year, she received the Officier des Arts et des Lettres award in recognition for her contribution to the arts.

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