Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, set to be conferred with France’s highest civilian award Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur. The French government is honouring him for his writings and speeches and the French Ambassador here Emmanuel Lenain has written to Tharoor informing him about the award. In 2010, Tharoor had received a similar honour from the Spanish government, when the King of Spain had bestowed upon him the Encomienda de la Real Order Espanola de Carlos III.
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About Shashi Tharoor:
- Shashi Tharoor is a two-term Lok Sabha MP representing the Thiruvananthapuram constituency and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs.
- He has previously served as Minister of State for Human Resource Development and Minister of State for External Affairs in the erstwhile UPA government.
- Tharoor is also a former diplomat with a 23-year-long career in the United Nations. He is also a celebrated author with several fiction and non-fiction books under his belt.