She is given the Knight of the National Order of Merit...

BJORK has been awarded the Knight of the National Order of Merit by the French government.

The Icelandic star commenced her world tour in Paris (August 18) as part of the promotion for her forthcoming album ‘Vespertine’.

According to a posting on the official Bjork website,, the star was given the the badges of ‘Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merite’ (Knight of the National Order of Merit) at the Ministry of National Education in the French capital.

The award was donated by the Minister of National Education Jack Lang and the Minister of Culture Catherine Tasca.

Speaking to CNN news, Lang said the award was “a sign of friendship toward an artist.”