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Highest French honour for Big B

india Updated: Oct 11, 2006 21:55 IST

Superstar Amitabh Bachchan received the perfect birthday present as he turned 65 on Wednesday when the French government announced it would honour him with its highest civilian award, the Officer of the Legion of Honour.

"France has decided to honour Amitabh Bachchan with the honour for his contribution to Indian and international cultural life," a spokesperson of the French Embassy said in New Delhi.

She said the French ambassador will soon discuss with Bachchan the details for conferment of the award.