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Ex-Beatle McCartney gets French legion of honor

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  • French President Francois Hollande, left, awards British musician Paul McCartney during a decoration ceremony photo session Saturday at the Elysee Palace in Paris.

      French President Francois Hollande, left, awards British musician Paul McCartney during a decoration ceremony photo session Saturday at the Elysee Palace in Paris.
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PARIS -- France's Elysee Palace says former Beatle Paul McCartney has been decorated with the legion of honor for services to music.

On Saturday the presidential office said that seventy-year-old McCartney -- who sang and co-wrote hits like "Hey Jude" and "Yesterday" -- was decorated at the rank of officer by French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace, with members of McCartney's family attending.

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McCartney joins the ranks of other singers to have received the honor. Barbra Streisand and Liza Minnelli were similarly honored by former President Nicolas Sarkozy.

McCartney -- often referred to as "Sir Paul" or "Macca" in his native Britain -- has already received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II, who watched him perform at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

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