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From Radio Lib Radio Free Eur.
Alain Guillemoles, a correspondent for the French daily “La Croix,” told RFE/RL that “it appears that the list of foreign people who receive this distinction is secret…you can only know [who receives it] if the person who receives it says so [publicly].”
Guillemoles said the awarding of the Legion of Honor is based on proposals from the French Foreign Ministry. He said Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega, who is imprisoned in the United States for drug trafficking and other charges, are among the foreign recipients of the Legion of Honor.