Singer gets one of the highest honours available in the country

Marianne Faithfull received one of the highest cultural honours available in France yesterday (March 22).

The singer and actress was awarded the Commadeur Of L’Ordre Des Arts Et Des Lettres (Commander Of The Arts And Letters) by the French Minister of Culture, Frederic Mitterrand.

The award is given to people who have contributed to the “enrichment of the French cultural inheritance”.

In a statement she said: “I am very, very grateful to be honoured. Since I started coming to Paris in 1964, the French have welcomed me and been very loving.”

Previous recipients include Patti Smith and Michael Caine.

Faithfull is set to play the Barbican venue in London on May 24.