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Bob Dylan picks up French award

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Bob Dylan has collected a French award he nearly missed out on because of his pot-smoking and protesting past.

The veteran US singer, 72, received the Legion d’Honneur on Wednesday in a ceremony in Paris.

He had been nominated for the award by avowed Dylan fan Aurelie Filippetti, France’s minister of culture.

The nomination was blocked temporarily earlier this year after army general Jean-Louis Georgelin, the Grand Chancellor of the Legion, voiced reservations about Dylan’s use of cannabis and anti-war politics.

Established by Napoleon, the Order of the Legion d’Honneur honours individuals who have served France in various ways.

Foreigners do not formally become members of the order but are decorated with the insignia of the legion in recognition of service to France or work that is deemed to uphold the ideals of the country.