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Legion of Hon or Awards

Theo Klein, president of the Representative Council of Major French Jewish organizations (CRIF), was last week awarded the Legion of Honor and appointed a Knight in the order by Prime Minister Laurent Fabius as part of the new year’s promotion and awards.

Also appointed Legion of Honor Knights were Enrico Macias, a popular singer and entertainer, Jacques Melamet-Beer, a United Jewish Appeal leader, and Eliahou Kammoun, a former Algerian Jewish leader who now lives in France.

A Jewish judge, Jean Pierre Leon, who heads one of Paris’ courts of appeal, was awarded the much higher rank of Commander in the Legion of Honor. Anthropologist Claude Levi Strauss was awarded the still higher rank of Grand Officer.