Lance Armstrong. File picture: Eric Gaillard

Paris -

Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his award in the Legion of Honour, the best-known recognition in France.

Armstrong was given the rank of “Chevalier” - or Knight - in the “Legion d'Honneur” in 2005, the last year of his seven consecutive Tour de France victories. He was later stripped of those titles for doping.

A Legion of Honour official, who wasn't authorised to be quoted by name, said on Wednesday she was unable to indicate when the decision was made to remove Armstrong's award.

She said the organisation doesn't traditionally announce it publicly when honourees lose their decoration.

Armstrong declined comment.

The Legion of Honour was created under Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, and roughly a million people have received it over the years.

It is France's highest honour. - Sapa-AP