Indian Business tycoon and philanthropist Azim Premji has been bestowed with the highest French civilian distinction Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour) on Wednesday.
The Wipro Chairman received the distinction from the Ambassador of France to India Alexandre Ziegler ,said a statement from Wipro.
“The award was bestowed on Azim Premji for his outstanding contribution to developing the information technology industry in India, his economic outreach in France, and his laudable contribution to society as a philanthropist through the Azim Premji Foundation and Azim Premji University,” Ziegler said.
In his acceptance speech, Premji said, “I am extremely honored by the award bestowed on me. The vibrancy of the French democracy and its diversity is an inspiration to all across the world.”
The Legion d’Honneur (Legion of Honour), instituted in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte, is the highest civilian award given by the French Republic for outstanding service to France, regardless of the nationality of the recipients.
The President of the French Republic is the Grand Master of the Order of the Legion of Honour.
Some of the past Indian recipients of the prestigious award include renowned scientist and Bharat Ratna awardee CNR Rao, Tamil actor late Sivaji Ganesan, actor Kamal Haasan, Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee and superstar Shah Rukh Khan.
Premji’s wife Yasmeen Premji and son Rishad Premji and Francois Gautier, Consul General of France, were present on the occasion.
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