People have congratulated Shashi Tharoor on Twitter after the news of being awarded France’s highest civilian honor became public. Tharoor, on the other hand, tweeted, “I am honored to be recognized in a way that cherishes our relationship with France, loves the language and admires the culture. My gratitude and appreciation to those who have deemed me fit to bestow this honour.”
Thank you. I am honored to be recognized as one who cherishes our ties with France, who loves the language and admires the culture. My gratitude and appreciation to those who have seen me fit to bestow this honour. @FranceinIndia https://t.co/dyy6L1sQEO
— Shashi Tharoor (@shashi tharoor) 11 August 2022
Shashi Tharoor was awarded a Spanish award in 2010
In 2010, Tharoor received a similar honor from the Spanish government when the King of Spain presented him with the Encomienda of the Royal Spanish Order of Charles III. Shashi Tharoor is a two-time Lok Sabha MP representing the Thiruvananthapuram constituency and chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs. He has previously served as the Minister of State for Human Resource Development and Minister of State for External Affairs in the UPA government.
Tharoor is also a former diplomat with a career spanning 23 years at the United Nations. He is also a renowned author with several fiction and non-fiction books.