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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
France's president honored Avner Shalev, director of the Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, with a Legion of Honor award on Thursday.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy presented Shalev with the award at the Elysee Palace, naming Shalev a knight in the prestigious legion.
France's letter informing Shalev of the award called him "a man of peace, tolerance and sincerity, the person who has turned Yad Vashem into a place of renown, of mutual exchange for younger generations of all backgrounds and cultures."