France’s ambassador to South African, Christophe Farnaud, bestowed the award on behalf of President Emmanuel Macron. The Order of Arts and Letters is a French order established in 1957 and awarded by the French Ministry of Culture in recognition of significant contributions to the enrichment of the arts and literature in France and abroad.
There are three degrees: knight, officer and commander.
South African citizens who have been awarded the order are Johnny Clegg (1991), William Kentridge (2013), Gregory Maqoma (2017) and Zanele Muholi (2017). In his commendation made before a capacity crowd of dignitaries and special guests, Farnaud lauded Bailey’s pivotal work....
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