Salma Hayek opening the Cannes Film Festival.
Salma Hayek opening the Cannes Film Festival. Bang! Showbiz

Salma Hayek to receive 'knighthood'

SALMA Hayek is to receive a 'knighthood' in France.

The 45-year-old actress will be given the Legion d'Honneur medal award by French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Elysees Palace in Paris within the next two months.

Salma - who is married to French businessman Francois-Henri Pinault, with whom she has four-year-old daughter Valentina - will join the five-tiered academy with the grade of Chevalier, or 'knight' in English.

Following the pinning of the medal, she will be invited to attend a banquet at which all of those gifted with the honour will go to.

She will not be the only person in her family to receive the award this year - her father-in-law Francois Pinault has been promoted to the rank of Grand Officer.

Previous recipients - who are allowed to wear a small pin rosette indicating their rank - include Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood and Robert De Niro.

The award was introduced by French leader Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 as a merit award for service to France, but unlike a British knighthood it is not solely reserved for the French.

>> More entertainment news



Ice Strike Force arrests sixth person

Ice Strike Force arrests sixth person

Police have targeted the supply of ice in Lismore

Kesha cancels Bluesfest performance

Kesha cancels Bluesfest performance

Kesha will no longer be headlining Bluesfest 2018

Meet the young leaders of tomorrow

Meet the young leaders of tomorrow

Let us introduce you to our school captains

Local Partners