President Macron grants ruling party chair Ivanishvili top French award

  • Bidzina Ivanishvili returned to politics as the head of the ruling Georgian Dream party back in 2018. Photo: Georgian Dream press office. 

Agenda.ge, 6 Jan 2021 - 14:50, Tbilisi,Georgia

French President Emmanuel Macron has given former Georgian PM and the founder and the current head of the ruling Georgian Dream party Bidzina Ivanishvili the Order of the Legion of Honor, a top French civil award. 

The decree was issued on December 31, 2020. 

The decree says that Ivanishvili is the founder of an international charity foundation and is the former prime minister of Georgia. 

The Order of the Legion of Honor (Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur) is France's top award for serious military and civilian achievements.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Honore de Balzac,Jean-Paul Belmondo, Joseph Brodsky, Charles de Gaulle, and prominent public and political figures from France and overseas have been given the order. 

Ivanishvili served as the prime minister of Georgia from 25 October 2012 to 17 November 2013 and resigned as he promised during his election campaign. 

He returned to politics as the head of the ruling Georgian Dream party back in 2018. 

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