22 April, New Delhi
Senior BJP leader and former Union Minister for Finance and External Affairs Yashwant Sinha has been chosen for the highest French civilian honour Officier de la Legion dHonneur (Officer of the Legion of Honour).
He has earned the distinction in recognition of his international action as Union Minister of Finance (1998-2002), then External Affairs (2002 2004), and his invaluable contribution to thought on international issues.
As Minister of External Affairs, and Chair of the Indo-French Parliamentary Friendship Group since its very inception (2009-2014), Yashwant Sinha contributed to the deepening of the Indo-French strategic partnership, launched during the visit of Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Paris (September 1998) and the development of ties between France and India, a global relationship that now encompasses all dimensions, the French Embassy said here Wednesday.
The honour would be conferred on Sinha by French Ambassador Francois Richier on behalf of the President of the country at a ceremony at his residence here on Saturday