Sarkozy lauds Weinstein co-chairman with Legion d'Honneur

Harvey Weinstein will be getting more than an Oscar for “The Artist.”

French president Nicolas Sarkozy has awarded the country’s highest honor, the Legion d’Honneur, to the Weinstein Company co-chairman, according to a release from The Weinstein Company.

“This prestigious distinction, which I wanted to come from my personal allocation, is a testimony of the admiration of millions of French citizens for the exceptional quality of the films that you have produced,” Sarkozy said in a statement. “It also expresses our gratitude to someone who has always shown great friendship towards our country and our cinema which you have enabled so many Americans to discover.”

While French-produced “Artist” is the latest title to enthrall Gaul (also directed by and starring a Frenchman), TWC has distributed more than 30 Gallic pics in the U.S., including “Sarah’s Key” (“Elle s’appelait Sarah”), “War of the Buttons” (“La Novelle Guerre des Boutons”), and “Le Concert.”

Past Hollywood recipients of the Legion d’Honneur include Charlie Chaplin, Marlene Dietrich, Clint Eastwood, Robert DeNiro and Steven Spielberg.

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