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Sir Paul McCartney accepts French Legion of Honour in ceremony

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Sir Paul McCartney has been awarded the French Legion of Honour for services to music.

It is France's highest public award, and was given to the ex-Beatle in a ceremony in Paris yesterday (September 8).



Sky News reports that President François Hollande decorated the 70-year-old in front of an audience of family and friends.

The President said he preferred Paul over John when he was younger, and also joked that he preferred the Beatles to the Rolling Stones.

The award was founded in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte to recognise those who had contributed significantly to French culture.

Sir Paul McCartney honored with 'Legion of Honor',

© GUIBBAUD-POOL/SIPA / Rex Features

Sir Paul McCartney honored with 'Legion of Honor',

© GUIBBAUD-POOL/SIPA / Rex Features



The prize has previously been awarded to singers Barbra Streisand and Liza Minnelli, who were given the honour by President Sarkozy. Earlier this week singer-songwriter James Taylor was made Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government.

Other previous recipients of the Legion of Honour include Lenny Kravitz, Downton Abbey's Shirley MacLaine and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Sir Paul said of the prize: "It is such an honour to be awarded this."

Listen to Paul McCartney's 'Maybe I'm Amazed' below:

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