Paul McCartney will be given a Legion of Honour award from French President Francois Hollande.
The ceremony is scheduled for September 8, and McCartney will be made an officer of the Legion of Honour which is France's highest public distinction.
Actor Clint Eastwood and singer Liza Minnelli are among those who have also been given this distinction.
McCartney, who is 70, will earn social status but no money, and recipients have to buy their own medal from a licensed jeweler. Prices can range from 169 euros to 700 euros ($210 to $880) for the highest rank.
The Honour was created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, and it is symbolized by a red lapel thread. The Legion of Honour has three grades, Chevalier, Officer and Commander.
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