Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor is set to be conferred with France’s highest civilian award Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur.
The French government is honouring Tharoor for his writings and speeches and French Ambassador Emmanuel Lenain has written to Tharoor informing him about the award, PTI reported.
“As one who cherishes our relations with France, loves the language and admires the culture, I am honoured to be recognized in this way. My gratitude & appreciation to those who have seen fit to award me this distinction,” Tharoor said in response to a tweet congratulating him on the award.
A host of party leaders congratulated him on the prestigious honour.
Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said he is in a state of “absolute euphoria” while coming to know that Tharoor is being conferred upon the highest civilian honour of France for his “extraordinary erudition and penetrative knowledge”.