Thursday, September 20, 2018

CBK, first Sri Lankan to receive France’s Highest National Order

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga became the first Sri Lankan to be awarded the Prestigious Medal of Commander in the National Order of the Legion of Honour, the highest rank of the National Order of France, the Government Information Department said.

French Ambassador in Sri Lanka Jean-Marin Schuh presented the Medal of “Commandeur de la Légion D'Honneur” on behalf of Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, at a special function held at the Residence of the Ambassador of France.

She holds a Degree in Political Science from the prestigious Political Science Institute (Science Po) of the University of Paris and completed a Ph.D. Programme in Development Economics at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, University of Paris.

At present President Kumaratunga holds numerous Honorary positions including being a Member of Club de Madrid (the premier global forum of former democratic Presidents and Prime Ministers), a Member of the Global Leadership Foundation (led by former President of South Africa F. W. de Klerk) and is the Chairperson of the South Asian Policy and Research Institute and the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka.