English pop star Elton John has received France’s most prestigious civilian honor from President Emmanuel Macron.
Macron has awarded the Rocket Man singer the Legion d’Honneur for his work at The Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Elton John receives Legion d’Honneur
John’s charity, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, has raised more than £300m for HIV prevention, education and support.
John attended a private ceremony with Macron. John’s husband David Furnish and their two children were also in attendance.
The French President described the Your Song singer as ‘an icon that knows how to set an example’.
Emmanuel Macron and John addressed crowds gathered into the presidential Elysee Palace courtyard.
The extraordinary power of the human spirit
‘Like music, the fight for AIDS has been my passion for many, many years,’ John said in a video posted by Reuters.
‘And like music, this fight reminds me everyday of the extraordinary power of the human spirit,’ he said.
He the added: ‘And the things that bind us are stronger than those that divide us.’
‘It is this magical human spirit that I will carry with me as a proud member of the Legion of Honour.’
Elton John is against Brexit
Last month, the singer made an anti-Brexit statement during one of the gigs of his last ever world tour, Farewell Yellow Brick Road.
While performing in Verona, northern Italy, on 29 May, the singer addressed his fans gathered in the beautiful arena.
‘I’m ashamed of my country for what it has done,’ he said.
‘It’s torn people apart … I am sick to death of politicians, especially British politicians. I am sick to death of Brexit.’
John furthermore said: ‘I am a European. I am not a stupid, colonial, imperialist English idiot.’