Friday, January 06, 2012

From Napoleon to... Salma Hayek


Mexican actress Salma Hayek has been awarded the French Légion d'Honneur. Her record of accomplishments entitling her to such an honor can be found at Wikipedia:

Hayek's charitable work includes increasing awareness on violence against women and discrimination against immigrants. On July 19, 2005, Hayek testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary supporting reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. In February 2006, she donated $25,000 to a Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, shelter for battered women and another $50,000 to Monterrey based anti-domestic violence groups. Hayek is a board member of V-Day, the charity founded by playwright Eve Ensler.

Since the birth of her daughter, Hayek has worked to help mothers in developing nations worldwide, teaming up with Pampers and UNICEF to help stop the spread of life-threatening maternal and neonatal tetanus. She is a global spokesperson for the Pampers/UNICEF partnership 1 Pack = 1 Vaccine to help raise awareness of the program.

Hayek also advocates breastfeeding. During a UNICEF fact-finding trip to Sierra Leone, she breastfed a hungry week-old baby whose mother could not produce milk.

In 2010, Hayek's humanitarian work earned her a nomination for the VH1 Do Something Awards.

Those interested can watch a short video of Hayek breastfeeding the African baby. In the video she explains why she did it.

The Légion d'Honneur award itself, created by Napoleon, is explained in Wikipedia:

In the French Revolution all French orders of chivalry were abolished. It was the wish of Napoleon Bonaparte, the First Consul and de facto sole ruler, to create a reward to commend civilians and soldiers and from this wish was instituted a Légion d'Honneur, a body of men that was not an order of chivalry, for Napoleon did know that France did not want a new nobility system, but a recognition of merit. (…)

The order was the first modern order of merit. The orders of the monarchy were often limited to Roman Catholics and all knights had to be noblemen. The military decorations were the perks of the officers. The Légion, however, was open to men of all ranks and professions. Only merit or bravery counted. The new legionnaire had to be sworn in the Légion. (…)

Although research is made difficult by the loss of the archives, it is known that three women who fought with the army were decorated with the order: Virginie Ghesquière, Marie-Jeanne Schelling and a nun, Sister Anne Biget.

The Légion d'honneur was prominent and visible in the empire. The Emperor always wore it and the fashion of the time allowed for decorations to be worn most of the time. The king of Sweden therefore refused the order; it was too common in his eyes. (...)

The President of the French Republic is the Grand Master of the Order and appoints all other members of the Order—by convention, on the advice of the Government. Its principal officers are the Chancellor and Secretary-General. (…)

French nationals, men and women, can be received into the légion, for "eminent merit" (mérites éminents) in military or civil life. In practice, in current usage, the order is conferred, in addition to military recipients, to entrepreneurs, high-level civil servants, sport champions in as well as others with connections in the executive. Members of the French Parliament cannot receive the order, except for valour in war, and ministers are not allowed to nominate their accountants.

Click here for a complete list of those who have received this honor. Everyone from Victor Hugo to Barbra Streisand, from Dwight Eisenhower to Jerry Lewis, from Louis Pasteur to Josephine Baker. Friend of animals and enemy of French politicians Brigitte Bardot was not among them. Nor were soprano Régine Crespin or showman Maurice Chevalier. Nor were the great composer Maurice Ravel, or the eminent French conductors Jean Martinon, Pierre Monteux, and Charles Munch. But Renée Fleming and Robert Redford are there.


Not everyone is happy with the choice of Miss Hayek. Here is an article from Yahoo, sent by a reader:

As actress Salma Hayek prepares to receive the Légion d'Honneur, there are those who are not at all pleased, like Henri Torre, an ex-minister, who was also a recipient.

Henri Torre, 78 and a former minister is refusing to be decorated with the Légion d'Honneur. "Too many people have been decorated who did not deserve to be.. They have made a mockery of this high distinction by naming anybody", declared Torre. And by "anybody", the former senator means members of show business, often decorated during the five-year term of Nicolas Sarkozy.

It must be admitted that the naming of Salma Hayek has engendered much talk. A blogger affiliated with the journal Marianne set the tone when he gave advance notice that the list of recipients this year would be "once again be an occasion for mirth, surprise and shock at the ribbon ceremony, that honors eminent services rendered to the nation."

At the website of l'Express readers' comments flooded in when the announcement was made. "Why not Tintin and Milou," asked one reader, while another predicted that "Napoleon was turning in his grave."

A reminder nonetheless that Salma Hayek is being decorated for her work as a "movie director and producer, an active member of charitable foundations: 23 years of services," according to the Official Record.

The main thing to remember is that Hayek is married to French billionaire François-Henri Pinault, director of Financière Pinault and chairman of the board of Artémis. Besides his daughter by Hayek, he has two children by his first wife and is the father of model Linda Evangelista's baby, born in 2006. Here is what one website says about him:

Since the day he was born, Francois-Henri had money growing out of his ears. His father, tycoon Francois Pinault, is the founder of retail company PPR and ranked no. 74 among the world’s richest people in 2006.

Currently, Francois-Henri is the CEO of PPR, which basically runs the luxury-goods market. PPR owns big brands Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, and Balenciaga.

Pinault is a friend of Nicolas Sarkozy leading some to the conclusion that this was the real reason for the award to his wife.

Below a photo of Hayek pregnant while engaged to Pinault.


Some revealing photos (not nudity) of Miss Hayek are posted here.

The painting at the top shows the first distribution of the Légion d'Honneur, July 15, 1804.

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21 Comments:

At January 06, 2012 2:43 PM, Blogger A. Nicot said...

My great-grandfather fought the Germans and Ottomans in World War I and was awarded the rank of Officer in the Legion.
I fear that the order will turn into the British Knighthood - devoid of prestige and purpose, simply awarded to anyone who is vaguely famous.

 
At January 06, 2012 8:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's interesting when you look at who gets this Légion d'Honneur

It's like family parties.

Guy Wildenstein was awarded one in 2009. Piéces à conviction, France3, has looked into the Wildenstein business. Very interesting to see what is going on in the art world, also related to the highest circles.

Anna Wintour was also awarded one.


The Claude Dray-case

It has been totally quiet since his dead body was found in his home in Neuilly late October.

Dray and his wife sold their art collection at Christie's, which made a record at the time, only surpassed by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé later.

http://www.20minutes.fr/societe/822676-meurtre-neuilly-mysterieux-claude-dray

 
At January 06, 2012 8:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks more and more like an award given to friends of the president.

 
At January 07, 2012 11:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the list is covering only the last few years, with many foreign names. What on earth have these foreigners done for the glory of France .........

 
At January 07, 2012 3:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@tiberge

Wildenstein - Piéces à conviction

One comment sums up this documentary
"Courageux, Instructif et passionnant!"
Find out more
http://programmes.france3.fr/pieces-a-conviction/

 
At January 07, 2012 4:32 PM, Anonymous dauphin said...

I also almost barfed watching Sarko try to pc-ize (if that's a word) Ste. Jeanne d'Arc on the 600th anniversary of her birthday, January 6th. She would not support any republican party, not even the FN, only the re-instatement of the monarchy in a Catholic France. But at least the FN is a closer fit in terms of national identity and sovereignty, and it's disgusting to see Sarko trying to chase after Marine's votes that way. My God, Jeanne wanted to "boot the English out of France", white western Europeans. What would she say today?

 
At January 07, 2012 9:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@tiberge

Jeanne D'Arc Celebration 2012

As you may have see, tiberge, there's been a rush to celebrate this iconic person this week. Sarkozy has been especially eager to pay tribute to her, pointing out that she does not belong to any clan, as he put it.

On Saturday, Daughther and Father, Le Pen, paid tribute to Jeanne D'Arc in Paris on her anniversary. She was born on 6 January Anno Domini 1412.

I know there is so much to pay attention to, and always too little time to work on it all, so I just wanted to write this little post, as a piece of information for those who hadn't noticed this news yet.

Culture, National identity

 
At January 07, 2012 10:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Intellectual terrorism?

Happened to notice a phrase in a documentary on Egypt and Sinai Saturday night

The commenter (Pierre Brouwers) happened to point out that the bedouins....islam..."since the first century", which I understood as the commenter wanting to make the listener connect 'islam' and ' first century', understanding now, or later, that "islam has been around since the first century", and forget about the sixth century.


Another point, different program
- Les Enfants d'Abraham
- Children of Abraham

Supposedly, Judaism, Christianity and Islam should be equal, children of Abraham, each represented in this program with one person of authority

Malek Chebel, the muslim, managed to get away with proselytizing for islam, also on Saturday night, that luckily Muhammed was around to pronounce that there is only one god, since this was something "unknown at the time", without even pointing out that he should be referring to the 6th century, and not "three thousand years ago", like some try to get away with (like stand-up Debbouze, who has free access to TF1 and France2 news studios).

Neither the Grand Rabbi Haïm Korsia, nor the catholic Father uttered one word to argue about this crazy claim.

If I'm not much mistaken, not only Christianity, and Judaism before that, but already one of the Pharaohs was concentrating on this idea of one God.

On this background it is extraordinary that the muslim can say this without being confronted with it.

Could it be some freudian slip of tongue, referring to their take-over of Hindu temples in the Arabic desert, where the Hindus were worshipping several gods?

This program "Children of Abraham" really works against Christianity, serving one purpose - proselytizing for islam, as far as I can see.

 
At January 07, 2012 10:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guy Wildenstein is supporting UMP, a friend of Sarkozy, and had his Légion d'Honneur.

 
At January 08, 2012 2:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could there be a Carla-gate, asks Le Parisien, referring to friends of hers getting contracts

 
At January 08, 2012 11:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

French fashion chain in massive faux pas as naked bather turns up online in advert for children's clothes
Photograph appeared on La Redoute's website for several hours
Internet users also spot spelling mistake on one of firm's T-shirt

source
mailonline
(dailymail)



WHY DID THEY TAKE CHILDREN TO THAT BEACH?

FASHION-GAYS-PEDOPHILIA?

 
At January 08, 2012 10:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@1127

Just an idea about Redoute photo

It may have been taken in a studio, and then the background has been added afterwards.

Another idea, some hacker may have changed the background, or even a pedophile.

Anyway, the company got a lot of attention.

 
At January 08, 2012 10:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@tiberge, Carla again

Carla-gate

"Ms Bruni admitted that the money was paid to Mr Civange to promote her work, but denied it came from public funds.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2083822/Carla-Bruni-sleaze-scandal-giving-millions-pounds-Aids-charity-money-close-male-friend.html#ixzz1ivZ3i26N

 
At January 09, 2012 2:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the list is covering only the last few years, with many foreign names. What on earth have these foreigners done for the glory of France .........

france is giving those things to any foreigner. france gave those things to people of my country - what the heck for?

 
At January 09, 2012 3:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarkozy has been especially eager to pay tribute to her, pointing out that she does not belong to any clan, as he put it.

she belongs to the french-de-souche.

 
At January 09, 2012 3:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyway, the company got a lot of attention.



vogue magazine:

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-o8eNsF98rUs/Tj0YdFRVpRI/AAAAAAAAAmg/Xkq3-V4_Pak/s1600/vogue-paris.jpg


http://cache.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/7/2011/11/8e955c9317860bccd04b43721486843b.jpg

 
At January 09, 2012 3:28 PM, Blogger tiberge said...

Note: The above comment refers to Joan of Arc, not Miss Hayek (obviously).

 
At January 09, 2012 4:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

miss «belgium»

http://fdesouche2.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/laura-beyne-19-ans-de-bruxelles-a-remportc3a9-ce-soir-le-titre-de-miss-belgique-2012.jpg?w=460&h=294

 
At January 09, 2012 5:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The commenter (Pierre Brouwers) happened to point out that the bedouins....islam..."since the first century", which I understood as the commenter wanting to make the listener connect 'islam' and ' first century', understanding now, or later, that "islam has been around since the first century", and forget about the sixth century.


it must be the schizophrenic's (mohammad) first century lol




Another point, different program
- Les Enfants d'Abraham
- Children of Abraham

Supposedly, Judaism, Christianity and Islam should be equal, children of Abraham, each represented in this program with one person of authority



islam is arabic paganism




Malek Chebel, the muslim, managed to get away with proselytizing for islam, also on Saturday night, that luckily Muhammed was around to pronounce that there is only one god, since this was something "unknown at the time", without even pointing out that he should be referring to the 6th century, and not "three thousand years ago", like some try to get away with (like stand-up Debbouze, who has free access to TF1 and France2 news studios).

Neither the Grand Rabbi Haïm Korsia, nor the catholic Father uttered one word to argue about this crazy claim.



disgusting


If I'm not much mistaken, not only Christianity, and Judaism before that, but already one of the Pharaohs was concentrating on this idea of one God.


the pharaoh akhenaten and zarathustra



On this background it is extraordinary that the muslim can say this without being confronted with it.


disgusting


Could it be some freudian slip of tongue, referring to their take-over of Hindu temples in the Arabic desert, where the Hindus were worshipping several gods?


it's the typical mohammedan conman



This program "Children of Abraham" really works against Christianity, serving one purpose - proselytizing for islam, as far as I can see.


why were the priest and the rabbi shut up?

 
At January 28, 2012 4:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shakira, Brian Ferry and Patricia Kaas also decorated

 
At January 28, 2012 4:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's Stay Together(...)

Seal in duet with much loved Nolwenn at French NRJ Music Awards, Saturday night.

"Why do people break up?"..

Seal is breaking up from Greman model Heidi Klum, and at the same time sings in France about staying together.

 

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