Paul McCartney set for French honour

Last Updated: Sep 05, 2012, 08:56 AM IST

London: Sir Paul McCartney will be given the Legion d`honneur award by France`s President Francois Hollande later this week.

The British singer will receive the medal - France`s highest public distinction - for his contribution to the field of music, reported Daily Express.

Stars including Clint Eastwood and Liza Minnelli have previously been gifted the award, created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, which is represented by a red lapel thread.

McCartney, 70, is the most influential songwriter in the history of popular music. He has already been awarded a knighthood by Britain`s Queen Elizabeth.

The singer first rose to international fame with The Beatles, co-authoring songs such as `Yesterday` and `Hard Day`s Night` alongside bandmate John Lennon.

PTI