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Paris wants Assad award decrease

PARIS – The French president Emmanuel Macron wants his Syrian counterpart the high French distinction decrease that Assad in 2001 by Jacques Chirac. Assad was given the highest award, the grand cross of the Legion of Honour, not only as head of state, but also because Chirac thought that Assad was reform.

Paris wants Assad award decrease

Assad in 2001 by Jacques Chirac.

The Elyséepaleis, Macrons ‘headquarters’, has confirmed that a procedure is started, reported French media on Tuesday. It is not the first time that Paris has concerns about heads of state or other personalities that doesn’t really fit in a ‘legion of honour’. So, for example, received the infamous Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu (1918-1989).

The loss of the award is for French easier and regulated by law. So will void the award automatically to persons sentenced to a term of imprisonment of longer than one year. For the foreigners was that complicated, but in 2010 there is a regulation drawn up in order, also foreigners, the distinction af systems.

That is what happened with the American cyclist Lance Armstrong by doping, discredited came and the British fashion designer John Galliano after anti-semitic gebral in a Parisian bar. In October, it announced that Macron to the American film producer Harvey Weinstein are award need to hand in after it was accused of sexual misconduct.

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