Sir Edward Leigh is made an Officier in the Légion d’Honneur
On 26 May, Ambassador Sylvie Bermann presented Sir Edward Leigh with the insignia of Officier in the Légion d’Honneur. She recalled that Sir Edward, a former student of the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle, has acted as a unique link to France, “a bridge between our parliaments, our governments and our societies”.
This fondness for France has been a key element in his career, as he has chaired the All Party Parliamentary Group on France for many years. Paying tribute to his long political career as an MP, the Ambassador emphasized how deeply committed he has been to sustaining the relationship between France and the UK, a commitment symbolized by the distinction he has been awarded.
Sir Edward concluded his speech by saying that “France and the UK have a unique relationship. I thank the President for this honour. It is an honour not only for me, but above all for the All Party Parliamentary Group on France […]. Long live France, and long live the Entente Cordiale!”