French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday afternoon honored Robert Redford, 74 years old, with the French Legion of Honor. The Sundance Kid and film director was honored by Sarkozy for his lifetime of achievements as well as his support for the protection of the environment. Sarkozy made Redford a Knight in the Legion of Honor.
Those who love cinema long remember…(your) films, which we watch and re-watch with the same emotion each time… – Sarkozy
We need friends like you who have the courage to try to wake up people’s consciousness about the environment… – Sarkozy
Redford’s environmental activism spans back decades. It is one of the principles upon which he founded the Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival held every year in January in Park City, Utah.
Redford’s wife, Sybille Szaggers, a German born artist, accompanied him to the Elysee Palace, the official state residence of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, on Thursday afternoon for the intimate ceremony. Previous inductees include Clint Eastwood.