Monday, July 23, 2012


In today's mail arrived the news that I have been promoted from Chevalier to Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Indeed, it seems that the promotion was actually made some months ago, while Sarkozy was still president, but since the wheels of the French bureaucracy grind exceedingly slowly, I had no idea. As someone told me the last time I received a French decoration, the proper attitude to take is, "Ça ne se demande pas, ça ne se refuse pas, ça ne se porte pas," but I confess that I do occasionally wear my lapel ribbon.

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