Marion Cotillard to be given France's top honor

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Marion Cotillard has been put forward for France's top civilian award the Légion d’Honneur (Legion of Honor).

The Oscar-winning French actress, 40, was among 650 names from French politics, culture, sport and public life published on Thursday in a list in the French government’s official journal for the country's Bastille Day holiday.

Those who receive the awards become 'Chevaliers' (Knights) of the Order of Merit.

The Légion d’Honneur is awarded three times annually, at the start of the year at Easter and Bastille Day, and is given to both civilians and members of the French military.

Marion was the first French woman to win a Best Actress Oscar since 1960, winning for her role as another legendary French cultural figure, the singer Edith Piaf, in the 2007 film La Vie en Rose. She was nominated again in 2015 for her role in Two Days, One Night.

The actress has previously been honoured with France's top artistic award, as in 2010 she was made a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of arts and of letters).

Other French stars previously honoured with the Legion d'Honneur include the crooner Johnny Hallyday, actor Jean Reno and soccer star Thierry Henry. One famous name who refused the award was legendary French actress Brigitte Bardot.

France's Bastille day celebrations on Thursday took a horrific turn when a truck was driven into a crowd watching a firework display in the Mediterranean city of Nice.

84 people are believed to have died in the tragedy, with many more injured.

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