U2's Bono receives highest French honour

Bono reacts after being awarded as Commander in the Order of Arts and Letters by French Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti during a ceremony in Paris Bono was previously awarded France's Legion of Honour in 2003

Related Stories

U2 singer Bono has received France's highest cultural honour for his contribution to music and commitment to humanitarian causes.

The Irish rock star was presented with the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters by French Culture Minister Aurelie Filippetti in Paris.

Bono, whose real name is Paul Hewson, said the award belonged to his band.

"I've got the biggest mouth and the loudest voice but the music we make comes from each other," he said.

Mr Filippetti praised the singer saying: "You committed yourself and dedicated your fame and career to wage some of the greatest wars of our time. Not for charity's sake but in the name of justice."

Bono, who has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, has received a string of awards for his music and campaigning since the 1980s.

He founded the global anti-poverty charity One to raise public awareness of poverty in Africa and the fight against Aids.

He was awarded France's Legion of Honour in 2003 and an honorary knighthood from the Queen in 2007.

The Order of Arts and Letters, which was first presented in 1957, has been given to singers including David Bowie, Bob Dylan and Shakira, as well as James Bond actors Sir Sean Connery and Sir Roger Moore.

More on This Story

Related Stories

Features & Analysis

  • Stained glass of man with swordFrance 1 England 0

    The most important battle you have probably never heard of


  • Golden retriever10 things

    Dogs get jealous, and nine more nuggets from the week's news


  • Pro-Israel demonstrators shout slogans while protesting in Berlin - 25 July 2014Holocaust guilt

    Gaza conflict leaves Germans confused over who to support


  • The emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-SabahFreedoms fear

    Growing concern for rights as Kuwait revokes citizenships


From BBC Culture

Programmes

  • Leader of Hamas Khaled MeshaalHARDtalk Watch

    BBC exclusive: Hamas leader on the eagerness to end bloodshed in Gaza

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.