By Marwa Mahmoud
The official account of the Lebanese and Arab art icon Fayrouz posted on “Twitter” pictures of her meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at her home, which took place yesterday.
Fayrouz, 85, appeared in a black robe, and she was keen to use a protective mask against infection with the emerging corona virus.
Macron described Fairouz as “very beautiful and strong.”
The meeting between the French President and Mrs. Fairouz lasted nearly an hour and a quarter, during which he received a gift from her, which appeared to be a painting and he gave her the highest French honor.
This is not the first time that “Mrs. Fairouz” has received high French medals, as the late French President Francois Mitterrand awarded her the “Leader of Arts and Letters”, one of the highest European decorations, in the late 1980s, and the late French President Jacques Chirac awarded her the Legion of Honor, of the rank of knight in the late nineties, the same medal that President Emmanuel Macron gave him, and his slogan “honor and patriotism”, which was founded by the historical leader of France Napoleon Bonaparte at the beginning of the nineteenth century.
During its history, she was awarded the Lebanese Order of Honor of the rank of Knight, awarded to it by the late Lebanese President Camille Chamoun, and the late Lebanese President Fouad Chehab awarded her the Order of Merit and the Cedar Medal, which is the highest Lebanese medal, as well as the late Lebanese President Suleiman Franjieh, who imitated her The Legion of Honor.
Jordan honored “Mrs. Fairouz” with 3 medals; The “Medal of Dignity” and the Jordanian “Renaissance” medal from the late King Hussein bin Talal, and he was also awarded the Gold Medal of Honor, and the highest honor bestowed by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
The late Syrian President Noureddine Atassi awarded her the First Class Medal of Merit in the 1960s.