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JK Rowling: French Knight

Posted Wednesday February 4, 2009 4:36 PM GMT

She’s made quite a name for herself with her “Harry Potter” book series, and yesterday JK Rowling was honored for her accomplishments by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

The English author received the Legion of Honor, one of France’s most distinguished awards, for “enchanting French children with her wizard tales.”

Sarkozy stated, "Thanks to this internationally renowned saga, you have contributed to giving young people the taste for reading again. With you, they understand that reading is not punishment, but a source of pleasure."

Rowling commented, "I cannot say that I think that I truly deserve it, but the Legion of Honor has a particular and personal meaning,” referring to the fact that her French great-grandfather received the honor for battlefield courage during WWI.

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Enjoy the pictures of JK Rowling at the Elysee Palace (February 3).

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