The U2 frontman received the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters title

U2 frontman Bono has been given the prestigious French honour, the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, at a ceremony in Paris.

The singer was presented with the title by the French Culture Minister, Aurélie Filippetti, in order to recognise his contribution to music and the arts as well as noting his humanitarian activism. Speaking at the ceremony, Filippetti commented on Bono’s goodwill work. She said: “Beyond notes and beyond words you committed yourself and dedicated your fame and career to wage some of the greatest wars of our time. Not for charity’s sake, but in the name of justice.”

The Independent writes that upon receiving the honour, which has also been given to David Bowie and Bob Dylan, Bono said: “Being an Irish Francophile, a student of many great French artists and writers… it is unspeakably special to receive an award from France for being an artist. Thank you.”