Sebastien Loeb awarded knighthood in France
- 28th May 2009, 8:14am
SÃ©bastien Loeb has been awarded a knighthood, receiving the â€˜LÃ©gion dâ€™honneurâ€™ at the ElysÃ©e Palace in Paris from Nicolas Sarkozy, the President of the French Republic.
The â€˜LÃ©gion d'honneurâ€™ is the highest award that can be given to any private individual in France, instituted after the French Revolution. It recognises outstanding achievement from French citizens in any branch of the countryâ€™s activity, leaving aside social or hereditary factors.
The â€˜Legion dâ€™honneurâ€™ award ceremony took place at the ElysÃ©e Palace in Paris, where SÃ©bastien Loeb was given his knighthood. Surrounded by his family, close friends and PSA Group senior management, the five-time World Rally Champion was warmly congratulated by Nicolas Sarkozy.
SÃ©bastien Loeb commented:
"I am extremely honoured to have been recognised in this way by the President of the Republic. This award is given to an individual, but I would like to share it with each and every member of the
CitroÃ«n team. Every time that we hear the French National Anthem played at the end of a rally, we all feel exactly the same pride at having showcased France to the best of all our abilities.
"I hope now that I can continue to worthily represent my country by claiming a sixth consecutive World Rally Championship title at the end of this year."
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