Former governor-general Michaelle Jean has been awarded the Grand Cross, the highest distinction granted by France's Legion of Honour.
The award was presented to Jean in Paris by Gen. Jean-Louis Georgelin, the grand chancellor of the Legion of Honour.
The Legion of Honour, established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, is given out to recognize "outstanding merits'' in the service of France.
Jean said she is "deeply moved'' by the honour.
In giving her the award, Georgelin said Jean's life had been marked by achievement.
Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 1957, Jean immigrated to Canada with her parents in 1967.
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