Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron has made British pop star Elton John a knight of the Legion of Honour.
The designation honours John's artistic career and campaigning in the field of HIV and AIDS, Macron said on Friday evening in the Elysee Palace.
The 41-year-old awarded the prestigious award at the annual music festival "Fete de la musique," which is held throughout the country. Elton John was touched and honoured.
"I have a huge love affair with France. I have a house here," the 72-year-old star said.
It is not the first high-ranking award for the singer of "Rocketman" and "Candle In The Wind:" In 1998, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II knighted him, since when he carries the title "Sir."