Yesterday, the famous British yachtsman Alex Thomson was awarded the French order “For merit”. The ceremony was held at the French Embassy in the United Kingdom.
Presenting the award, French Ambassador Jean-Pierre Joye stressed that the award recognizes the contribution of “Grand champion Thomson” in the popularization of the sails – and sports in General.
45-year-old Briton, for his part, said that the brightest moments of his life connected with France and with the French, the passionate love which the sail is known worldwide.
The order of merit is the fourth highest award of France. In comments to the French media today emphasizes that usually the award is given far more age people.