MP Sir Edward Leigh has been made an officer of the Légion d’Honneur, France’s highest public distinction.
Her Excellency, Ambassador Sylvie Bermann presented Sir Edward with the insignia of Officier in the Légion d’Honneur during a ceremony at the French Embassy in London.
She recalled that Sir Edward, a former student of the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle, has acted as a unique link to France, ‘a bridge between our parliaments, our governments and our societies’.
This fondness for France has been a key element in his career - he has been chairman the all party parliamentary group on France for many years.
Paying tribute to Sir Edward’s long political career as a Member of Parliament, the ambassador emphasised how deeply committed he has been to sustaining the relationship between France and the United Kingdom, a commitment symbolized by the distinction he has been awarded.
Sir Edward concluded his speech by saying: “France and the UK have a unique relationship.
“I thank the President for this honour.
“It is an honour not only for me, but above all for the all party parliamentary group on France.
“Long live France, and long live the Entente Cordiale.”