Weiner honored with a French Vermeil Medal of Honor

The French are catching the “Mad Men” phenom. Underscoring the show’s growing popularity in Gaul, Matthew Weiner was honored in Paris with a French Vermeil Medal of Honor for contributions to culture and society during an intimate ceremony held Feb. 9 at the city hall.

“We want you to move to Paris,” said Christophe Girard, the city’s culture deputy. Weiner, who has yet to renew his contract with AMC for season five of “Mad Men,” replied that he would love to shoot a film in Paris.

The city hall ceremony was just one of the various festivities that Weiner and two of the show’s stars, Christina Hendricks and John Slattery, attended while promoting the launch of “Mad Men” on the Sundance Channel in France.

That same night, the “Mad Men” trio turned up at the Philippe Starck-designed hotel Le Royal Monceau Raffles for a screening of the “Mad Men” pilot, followed by a chic cocktail party.

The following day, Weiner gave a master class at the Forum des Images, before a large crowd of French fans, journos, students and industryites. “After I wrote the pilot, I didn’t know whether the show would ever get made,” he recalled. “AMC could not get anyone interested in it, because as you can see from this crowd here tonight it had no foreign potential!”

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