Napoleon Would Be Turning In His Grave

January 4, 2012 by staff 

Napoleon Would Be Turning In His GraveNapoleon Would Be Turning In His Grave, News that the 45-year old sex symbol was to become a “Chevalier” along with other actors and singers prompted one former minister to refuse the award, while others warned it would see Napoleon “turning in his grave”.

Hayek is currently promoting Puss in Boots, a film in which she provides the voice for a character called Kitty Softpaws.

President Nicolas Sarkozy has the last word on who receives the Legion of Honour, created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 in his bid to replace nobility with a republican meritocracy.

Hayek is married to billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault, whose business interests include Gucci and Christie’s auction house. He also happens to be a close friend of Mr Sarkozy.

Hayek will also see her father-in-law when she is given a medal by Mr Sarkozy at the Elysée Palace in a few weeks’ time: Francois Pinault, who founded the PPR group his son now runs, has been made a Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour in the same list.

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