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That's always a tough one. His position is admirable and will win him respect in refusing recognition from a government which ignores his economic expertise.

Yet you could equally charge that the honour of Chevalier gives him a pedestal of greater authority from which to further criticize the government.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Jan 1st, 2015 at 01:30:00 PM EST
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With a million and a half books sold and the founding of the Paris School of Economics to his credit, he can afford to pass.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Jan 1st, 2015 at 04:09:27 PM EST
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The Legion of Honour doesn't have much prestige these days, despite it having been created by Napoleon; neither does the other (civilian) decoration, the National Order of Merit. Anecdote: the National Order of Merit was refused by Swiss filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, who reportedly said: "I have no merit and I ain't taking orders from nobody..."
by Bernard on Fri Jan 2nd, 2015 at 02:57:41 PM EST
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