Aishwarya Rai presented with French Honour
Miss World 1994 Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was recognized for her contribution to the world of arts yesterday, by the nation of France, on her birthday.
Francois Richier, Ambassador of France to India, presented Aishwarya with the honour of ‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’ (Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres), the second highest civilian French Honour.
“This prestigious distinction comes in recognition of her invaluable contribution to the world of cinema and the development of Indo-French cooperation in cinema, art, and culture,” said the French embassy upon presenting the award.
Speaking to the press at her presentation in Mumbai, Aishwarya said “I want to thank the French government for honouring me with this award. It is truly overwhelming.” She went on to say “also, I take this opportunity to thank everyone who I have worked with as they made it possible for me to have such a glorious career.”
Aishwarya’s father in law was also recognized by France in recent history, having been awarded the Legion d’Honneur in 2007.