Skip to comments.Barbra Streisand receives French medal ("You are the America that we love")
Posted on 06/28/2007 8:54:35 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
PARIS - Barbra Streisand performed her first-ever concert in France this week and was rewarded with a medal of the Legion of Honor.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy awarded the medal to Streisand in a ceremony Thursday, the first time he has bestowed the honor since taking over from Jacques Chirac last month.
"You are the America that we love," said Sarkozy, who is seen as more U.S.-friendly than Chirac. "Women like you ... do a lot to bring our two peoples together."
Onlookers included French crooner Charles Aznavour and actor Alain Delon.
Sarkozy's wife, Cecilia, went to Streisand's sole concert in France, at Paris' Bercy stadium Tuesday.
Streisand told Sarkozy, a conservative, that he reminded her of former U.S. Presidents Kennedy and Clinton, "who appreciated art and recognized the importance of the arts in the world."
"I am deeply honored to be joining the playwrights, heads of state, artists and leaders who have accepted this honor before me," Streisand, 65, said in a statement. "I leave with a sense of inspiration and responsibility as an artist to always reflect the truth and as a citizen to try and create a world of justice, compassion, equality and peace - one with a little more music and a little more joy."
Created by Napoleon Bonaparte in the early 19th century, the Legion of Honor is France's elite national merit society. Although foreigners cannot be officially inducted into the Legion, they are routinely made honorary recipients.
Recent honorees include Jerry Lewis, Valentino and Norman Mailer.
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Maybe she’ll move there.
French me baby.......Bill Clinton.
That’s the perfect headline—you don’t even need to read the story.
Never trust a frenchman.
It is wrong to be French! -Al Bundy citing the commandments of Iron Head Hayes
I guess Sarkozy can join
I don’t think either Kennedy or Clinton appreciated art unless it was a woman stripped naked lying underneath them.
“Streisand told Sarkozy, a conservative, that he reminded her of former U.S. Presidents Kennedy and Clinton, “who appreciated the female body and recognized the importance of having sex in the White House.”
“Recent honorees include Jerry Lewis, Valentino and Norman Mailer.”
Wow. I always thought the Jerry Lewis-French thing was a joke. LOL!
And Sarkozy claims to be conservative...
They fight with their feet. (run?)
And (blank) with their face. (whine?)
Yep, Jerry Lewis and Norman Mailer. That’s the category this belongs in all right. Something to remember the next time you hear about European sophistication.
Hey Babs, how much did tickets to your concert cost??
I still love how collectors holding expensive “rare” tickets to her last farewell concert suddenly find them of little value after she has another tour.
Lousy politics, great voice.
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