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Armstrong stripped of Legion of Honor award from France

 

JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press

PARIS (AP) — Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his award in the Legion of Honor, the best-known recognition in France.

Armstrong was given the rank of “Chevalier” — or Knight — in the “Legion d’Honneur” in 2005, the last year of his seven consecutive Tour de France victories. He was later stripped of those titles for doping.

A Legion of Honor official, who wasn’t authorized to be quoted by name, said Wednesday she was unable to indicate when the decision was made to remove Armstrong’s award. She said the organization doesn’t traditionally announce it publicly when honorees lose their decoration.

Armstrong declined comment.

The Legion of Honor was created under Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, and roughly 1 million people have received it over the years. It is France’s highest honor.  

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Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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