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Bono has been awarded the highest cultural honour of France and was praised for waging "some of the greatest wars of our time".

The U2 front man was today presented the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters by French minister of culture Aurelie Filippetti in a ceremony at the Ministry of Culture and Communication in Paris.

The accolade was awarded in recognition of his contribution to music and the arts - but the Irish rock star said it "belongs to the band".

Speaking about Bono, Minister Filippetti said: "Beyond notes and beyond words, you committed yourself and dedicated your fame and career to wage some of the greatest wars of our time.

"Not for charity's sake but in the name of Justice."

Reflecting on his win, Bono said: "This is a huge honour for me, but really it belongs to the band. I've got the biggest mouth and the loudest voice but the music we make comes from each other.

"Being an Irish Francophile, a student of many great French artists and writers... it is unspeakably special to receive an award from France for being an artist. Thank you."

Previous recipients of the award include fellow Irishman poet Seamus Heaney, singer Patti Smith, playwright Vaclav Havel, singer David Bowie, artist Anish Kapoor, writer TS Elliot and songwriter Bob Dylan.

Bono's award follows a further honour which was awarded in 2003, when he received the prestigious French decoration, the Legion d'honneur from the then president Jacques Chirac.

Other awards received by the U2 vocalist include Time Magazine's Person of the Year in 2005, and an honorary British knighthood in 2007.

 

From: Independent

 

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Congratulations Bono! The prize is well deserved!  :)

 

I suggest a prize for the most beautiful man of earth.... :wub:  :wub:  :wub:  :wub:

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Congratulations Bono! The prize is well deserved!  :)

 

I suggest a prize for the most beautiful man of earth.... :wub:  :wub:  :wub:  :wub:

 

I really agree with you, he's the most beautiful man of earth   :wub:   :wub:  :wub:  :wub:

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Jordan and Ali both look beautiful - as usual! Isn't it incredible how patient Bono is signing autographs, letting people take photos with him - shows so much class!!!

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Congratulations Bono! The prize is well deserved!  :)

 

I suggest a prize for the most beautiful man of earth.... :wub:  :wub:  :wub:  :wub:

 

I really agree with you, he's the most beautiful man of earth   :wub:   :wub:  :wub:  :wub:

 

 

Nobel Prize for beauty  ;)

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Bono, his wife Ali and daughter Jordan rubbed shoulders with aristocrats, socialites and models at Natalie Vodianova's Love Ball in Monaco at the weekend.

Ali (52) looked demure in a simple black knee length dress with crocheted overlay.

Daughter Jordan (24), who graduated from Columbia University last year, oozed chic in a plunging navy and white dotted maxi dress. She wore her hair loosely pinned up, a pair of nude heels and carried a scarlet velvet clutch.

Once inside the Opera Garnier, Bono sat next to Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco, who wore a pale pink floor length gown with delicate lace and pearl detail.

The annual ball raises funds for supermodel Natalie's Naked Heart Foundation which she founded in 2006.

The 1960s Riviera-themed ball drew some of the biggest names in the fashion world.

Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld posed for pictures and acclaimed photographerMario Testino also attended.

Tennis ace Novak Djokovic appeared with girlfriend Jelena Ristic who wore a cobalt blue number. Princess Caroline of Hanover arrived in a white lace tiered dress with black trim.

Funny man James Corden was also seen dashing inside the plush venue.

Guests were treated to dinner and live performances by the Russian opera and ballet.

And there was a luxury auction with plenty of prizes up for grabs including a trip to Monaco complete with Louis Vuitton luggage, Christian Dior couture clothing and an internship under Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel in Paris.

After the auction and the meal, guests made their way to a nearby casino to partake in some charity gambling.

 

From: Independent

 

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Thank u as usual febottini. Great family. Not sure what the Naked Heart Foundation does, though I know I could look it up. I'm sure it's a great cause. Ali & Jordan are lovely. I really love Jordan's dress. It's beautiful. Much more importantly of course: what beautiful hearts Bono & his family have. :)

 

(It mustn't be easy to live in a fishbowl w/people snapping pics of u every second of the day whenever u venture out.)

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Has anybody ever seen a more handsome man in the universe? Impossibile.

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Ooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh......beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!   :wub:  :wub:  :wub:  :wub:  :wub:  :wub:

 

Thank you malahide for sharing!!!

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