Robert Redford Receives Legion d'Honneur From France's President Sarkozy

Posted on October 14, 2010

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Robert Redford received one of France's most highly esteemed recognitions today in Paris, the emblem of the "Legion d'Honneur," established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802. Redford was acknowledged for his work as actor and director, including his involvement in nurturing independent voices in film and the arts through the Sundance Institute and Sundance Film Festival, as well as his work as an environmental activist over 40 years. Redford received the award from French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Palais de l'Elysees.

Redford said, "Cinema, both fiction and non-fiction, has shown over and over that as human beings, we share values beyond any border, real or imagined."

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