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Bob Dylan to Be Presented with the French Legion of Honor Prize on Wednesday

Image courtesy of Columbia Records (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Columbia Records (via ABC News Radio)

Bob Dylan will receive France's prestigious Legion of Honor award in Paris on Wednesday, about five months after it was confirmed that he would be recognized with the prize, according to France's AFP agency .  French Minister of Culture Aurelie Filippetti will present the honor to the 72-year-old folk-rock legend, who is in the city for a three-show stand at the Gran Rex Theater that finishes up on Thursday.

Back in June, when it was announced that Dylan would be acknowledged with the award, it was revealed that the Legion of Honor's Grand Chancellor, Jean-Louis Georgelin , had initially balked at the acclaimed singer/songwriter's nomination because of his outspoken anti-war views and his use of marijuana.

The Legion of Honor is the highest civilian award presented in France.  Only a few non-French music artists have ever been recipients of the honor, among them Paul McCartney , Barbra Streisand and late jazz trumpeter Miles Davis .

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