PARIS, March 23 (UPI) -- British singer Marianne Faithfull has been made commander of the arts and letters by Frederic Mitterrand, the French minister of culture and communication.
The award is bestowed in a Paris ceremony upon people who have contributed to the "enrichment of the French cultural inheritance," the BBC said.
Faithfull, 64, now splits her time between France and Ireland.
The BBC quoted her as saying she is "very, very grateful to be so honored."
"Since I started coming to Paris in 1964, the French have welcomed me and been very loving," Faithfull said.