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Marion Cotillard and Tim Burton receive French honour

Tim Burton and Marion Cotillard
Burton and Cotillard received the honour at the French culture ministry

Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard has received one of France's highest cultural honours at a ceremony in Paris.

The French star was made a knight in the Order of the Arts and Letters by Culture Minister Frederic Mitterand.

Alice in Wonderland director Tim Burton was also honoured at the ceremony and was made a knight.

Recipients of the order are honoured for their significant "contribution to the enrichment of French culture".

After receiving his green and gold medallion, Burton said he had always loved France and felt a special connection with the French public.

"I feel much more at home here than I do in my own country and I thank you very much," he said.

Previous recipients include US singer Stevie Wonder - who was made a commander earlier this month - actors Dennis Hopper, Meryl Streep and Uma Thurman, and singers Bob Dylan and Kylie Minogue.



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