Bono to receive new cultural honour from French government

Bono is to receive another honour from the French government — even though he already has the Légion d’honneur on his mantlepiece.

The U2 singer is set to receive France’s highest cultural honour and will be made a commander of the order of arts and letters, according to the department of culture and communications.

The ceremony is scheduled to take place in Paris this evening, according to government sources.

Bono, 53, a leading advocate of aid for Africa, founded the global anti-poverty group One to help combat poverty, Aids, and other diseases on the continent. One has an office in Paris.

Bono has received numerous honours and awards for his humanitarian work and services to music. He was also given an honorary knighthood from the British queen.

Bono is currently holidaying in the south of France with wife Ali and some of their four children. U2 drummer Larry Mullen has also been snapped on the beach with them during what has become an annual event for July.

Bono and The Edge have houses close to each other in the area. U2 manager Paul McGuinness also has a house nearby.

Hollywood star Brad Pitt recently spent a week with Bono and Mullen at their base, reportedly having been told to go by his partner, Angelina Jolie.


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