The presidency said Monday night that a procedure for the withdrawal of the Legion of Honor, attributed to the Syrian president, was underway. This decision follows the alleged chemical attack on April 7 in Douma, Syria, which France and its allied countries hold the regime of Bashar al-Assad responsible.
France has initiated a procedure for the withdrawal of the Legion of Honor to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Monday evening the entourage of the president Emmanuel Macron . “The Elysee confirms that a disciplinary procedure of withdrawal of the Legion of Honor” , the highest French distinction, “The place of Bashar al-Assad was well engaged” said the Presidency of the Republic. A decoration received in 2001 Bashar al-Assad received this decoration in 2001 from the hands of former president Jacques Chirac, who raised him to the rank of Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor. This procedure comes as France participated in the night from Friday to Saturday at Western military operation against Syrian sites after a chemical attack attributed to the regime of Bashar al-Assad. The withdrawal of a Legion of Honor is done on the proposal of the Grand Chancellor of the Legion of Honor, in this case the President of the Republic, and requires the opinion of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Council of the Order of the Grand Chancery. Once the decision is made, the withdrawal is formalized by a decree of the Head of State. The same approach taken last year against Harvey Weinstein Emmanuel Macron has already started last year the same step of decay against the American producer Harvey Weinstein , accused of sexual assault and rape. Since 2010, a decree makes it easier to dispose of an alien having “Committed acts contrary to honor” . The Legion of Honor has already been removed from American cyclist Lance Armstrong or British stylist John Galliano.
For the French, this distinction is automatically withdrawn to anyone sentenced to at least one year in prison.