LEON actor Jean Reno has been honoured with the NATIONAL ORDER OF MERIT by French President JACQUES CHIRAC.

The Morocco-born star, 55, was awarded the second highest civilian honour at a ceremony in Paris yesterday (15DEC03).

President Chirac enthuses, "He is one of those very great actors who is connected by an invisible thread, a complicity, a friendship, to the public."

Reno was born to Spanish parents, but has lived in Paris since he was 17-years-old, and is now a French citizen.

16/12/2003 13:09