“She has stage fright, me too”, Emmanuel Macron decorates Line Renaud with the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor

In front of his relatives and friends, the 94-year-old artist was elevated to the dignity of Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor. The ceremony chaired by Emmanuel Macron took place at the Elysée on Friday evening.

It is the highest Republican honor. Line Renaud was raised Friday evening to the dignity of Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor, during a private ceremony in the village hall of the Elysée. After an interview in the presidential office, the actress, dressed in a sequined dress, took her place on the stage to listen religiously to Emmanuel Macron’s speech. “I so want to answer, to say something,” she said after speaking for almost half an hour. But the protocol is clear: only the head of state can speak during the presentation of the insignia of the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor.

Line Renaud and Emmanuel Macron at the end of the ceremony.

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“Line has stage fright, me too. We will have to help us”, began Emmanuel Macron close to the actress, just like his wife Brigitte , seated in the front row. In the room, among the good hundred guests, his “children of heart” Muriel Robin, Dany Boon and Claude Chirac, who came with his son Martin. TV stars (Michel Drucker, Laurent Ruquier, Gilles Bouleau, Anne-Elisabeth Lemoine, Marc -Olivier Fogiel, Jean-Luc Reichmann), Claude Lelouch, Jérôme Commandeur, Pascal Obispo, Michèle Torr, Pierre Arditi… The political class was also well represented: former Prime Ministers Jean-Pierre Raffarin, Bernard Cazeneuve, Anne Hidalgo, Jean-Yves Le Drian, Michèle Aliot-Marie…

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“You have aroused the friendship and admiration of almost all the occupants of these places”

“For a President of the Republic, you are an invitation to humility. You have known this house for a long time, you have aroused the friendship and admiration of almost all the occupants of these places. From before the Republic in which we are. We pass, you, you come back,” joked the head of state. The actress is known for having forged many ties with French presidents, Jacques Chirac in the lead whom she considered to be her brother. “There’s only Vercingetorix that I didn’t know!” joked the native of Armentières in an interview .

The life of Line Renaud, born Jacqueline Enté, is then shelled by the president: his refuge, La Jonchère in Rueil-Malmaison, “where we cry twice (…) of joy when we arrive, of sadness when we leave”, his great love Loulou Gasté, “stage and life partner”, “his dizzying career which makes France proud” and his fights…

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The one against AIDS first, with Sidaction. For the gala evening in 1994, broadcast on prime-time television, “you introduce it with these words: ‘we are at war’. Bellicose analogy to unveil a fight against the epidemic, a source of inspiration for some in this room”, smiled Emmanuel Macron who used these same words in 2020 at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. “You have trained thousands of French men and women in this fight. You have helped to save lives, thousands of lives … By refusing convenience, by choice of heart”, he greeted.

The Head of State also mentioned the end of life, the other theme that is particularly close to the heart of the actress, suggesting a hope for change… “Your fight for the right to die with dignity resembles you and obliges us. Because it is like every time with you, dictated by kindness, the requirement and this unique intuition that it is the moment to do, so we will do”. To be continued…

Dany Boon, one of her children at heart joins Line Renaud on stage at the end of the speech.

Dany Boon, one of her children at heart joins Line Renaud on stage at the end of the speech.

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Brigitte Macron joins her friend Line Renaud on stage

Brigitte Macron joins her friend Line Renaud on stage

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