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Salma Hayek nabs knight honor in France

01/03/2012 by Kristina Lopez

Salma Hayek is one a few celebrities to get a high honor in France.

The actress was reportedly named by French President Nicolas Sarkozy as one of the recipients of an award for the Legion d'Honneur in France on January 1, according to People magazine.

The 45-year-old actress will enter the order in the first of five grades as Chevalier or knight.

The Legion d'Honneur was created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802. It is usually awarded to individuals in the military or civilians who devote their services to France. It is also given to individuals with high standing internationally.

Celebrities who have received the honor in the past include Liza Minnelli, Robert Redford and Clint Eastwood.

Hayek was born to a Lebanese-Mexican father and Mexican mother. The actress moved to the United States more than 20 years ago. The actress was nominated for an Oscar for her role in the 2002 film "Frida." Earlier this year, she lent her voice to the character of Kitty Softpaws in "Puss in Boots."

In 2009, Hayek married Francois-Henri Pinault, the CEO of luxury goods company PPR, which also owns fashion labels like Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta and 50. The couple are parents to a 3-year-old daughter, Valentina.

Hayek's father-in-law, Francois Pinault, was also announced on the list. He will be promoted to the rank of Grand Officer.

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