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Bob Dylan Approved for French Legion d’Honneur

Singer’s previous nomination had reportedly been dismissed

Bob Dylan performs in Los Angeles, California.

Bob Dylan performs in Los Angeles, California.

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Bob Dylan’s nomination for France’s Legion d’Honneur has been approved after a previous bid for the country’s highest honor had reportedly been thrown out, Reuters reports

A 17-member council determines whether nominees, which are put forward by gonverment ministers, adhere to the institution’s principles. Grand Chancellor Jean-Louis Georgelin confirmed that Dylan’s nomination has been approved. 

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Georgelin lauded the American singer as a “tremendous singer and great poet” and an “exceptional artist” on Sunday in a letter to the French newspaper Le Monde

The grande chancellor also acknowledged to Le Monde that Dylan’s orginal nomination had been tossed out over a “controversy,” but did not expand further. Le Canard Enchaine, a satirical weekly, claimed in May that Dylan’s nomination had been dismissed over the singer’s opposition to the Vietnam War, where France had been a former colonial power, and, supposedly, his purported drug use. 

Dylan’s ballads became anthemic to the anti-war and civil rights movements in the U.S. during the 1960s, and established him as a counter-culture icon throughout the world. Dylan was awarded a lower-ranking version of the honor in 1990.  

Last year, Dylan was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the top civilian honor in the U.S. Last month, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. 

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