Bono awarded France's highest cultural honour

Irish rock star Bono has been awarded the highest cultural honour of France, and was praised for waging "some of the greatest wars of our time."

Bono said the honour was "unspeakably special" but that it belonged to the whole of U2. Credit: Reuters

The U2 front man was presented the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters by French minister of culture Aurelie Filippetti, in a ceremony in Paris. Filippetti said:

"Beyond notes and beyond words, you committed yourself and dedicated your fame and career to wage some of the greatest wars of our time. Not for charity's sake but in the name of Justice."

Accepting the award, Bono said he was hugely honoured by the accolade, but that it belonged to the band:

"This is a huge honour for me, but really it belongs to the band. I've got the biggest mouth and the loudest voice but the music we make comes from each other, [...] it is unspeakably special to receive an award from France for being an artist."