Ex-Beatle McCartney nominated for legion of honor

PARIS (AP) — France's Elysee Palace has said former Beatle Paul McCartney has been nominated for the legion of honor for services to music.

On Tuesday, a presidential spokesman said that seventy-year-old McCartney — who sung and co-wrote hits like "Hey Jude" and "Yesterday" — will be decorated at the rank of officer by French President Francois Hollande in a ceremony Saturday in Paris.

McCartney will join the ranks other singers to have received the honor. Barbra Streisand and Liza Minnelli were similarly honored by former President Nicolas Sarkozy.

McCartney — often referred to as "Sir Paul" or "Macca" in his native Britain — has already received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II, who watched him perform at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Associated Press
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