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Donald Sutherland receives movie honour in France

Donald Sutherland, The Hunger Games

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Donald Sutherland has been honoured in France for his contribution to film.

The 76-year old was awarded with the Commander of the Arts award at a special ceremony on Saturday (June 9), reports The AP.

Former French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand was on hand to present the honour, and praised Sutherland's "extraordinary" decades-spanning career.

Sutherland, who most recently appeared in the blockbuster The Hunger Games, has starred in such movies as Klute and Six Degrees of Separation.

During his acceptance speech, the actor thanked his French-Canadian wife for introducing him to French culture through "cinema, but also cheese and baguettes".

Sutherland is set to reprise his role as President Snow in the second instalment of the Hunger Games franchise, Catching Fire.
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