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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Salma Hayek to be knighted

Salma Hayek to be knighted
Salma Hayek to be knighted. France’s honours system was branded a laughing stock today after Mexican-born sex symbol Salma Hayek was made a Knight.
It led to one former minister refusing the same award, with others suggesting the 45-year-old’s new status would see Napoleon Bonaparte ‘turning in his grave’.
Ms Hayek is currently promoting Puss in Boots, a film in which she provides the voice for a character called Kitty Softpaws.

Yet President Nicolas Sarkozy announced that she will become a Chevalier – or Knight - of the Legion of Honour for her services to the French Republic.
It is not yet clear what those services are.
Crucially, Ms Hayek is married to businessman Francois-Henri Pinault, who happens to be a close personal friend of Mr Sarkozy.

They have a four-year-old daughter Valentina.
When Hayek is given a medal by Mr Sarkozy at the Elysee Palace in a few weeks’ time, it will be a family affair.
Her father-in-law, another tycoon called Francois Pinault, has been made a Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour in the same list.
Referring to Mr Sarkozy possibly losing a presidential election in the Spring, political magazine Marianne ran the headline: ‘Last distribution of the gongs before leaving!
Mocking Ms Hayek with the Mexican exclamation ‘Caramba!’, it suggested that Mr Sarkozy’s list of recipients was ‘another occasion to have fun’ with people reacting to it with everything from ‘surprise to anger’
They included Henri Torre, the 78-year-old former minister and member of Mr Sarkozy's ruling UMP party, who turned down a Legion of Honour, saying: ‘Too many people were nominated who do not deserve to me honoured’, adding that the awards had ‘lost their value’.

Numerous angry French people posted on the website of L’Express, saying Bonaparte would be ‘turning in his grave’.
Knight of the Legion of Honour was created by the former Emperor in 1802 ‘to reward the men and women who have devoted themselves, sometimes to the death, to the nation’, said another Express reader.
The magazine launched its own debate about the award asking ‘Why not Tintin and Milou?’ – a reference to the cartoon boy journalist and his faithful dog.
L’Express said there was widespread bewilderment at a New Year’s Honours list which also included Eric Charden and Annie ‘Stone’ Gautrat – a pop singing duo dating back to the 60s and 70s.
Mr Sarkozy, who is married to the pop singer Carla Bruni, is well known for his love of Middle of the Road music, especially the kind performed by Gallic rocker Johnny Hallyday.

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