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Image caption The singer was presented with the award at France's presidential palace. Sir Elton John has been awarded France's highest civilian award, the Legion d'Honneur. The British musician was presented with the award by President Emmanuel Macron during a ceremony at the Élysée Palace. President Macron's office praised Sir Elton, 72, as a "melodic genius" and as one of the first gay artists to give a voice to the LGBT community. He used his acceptance speech to promote his charity work. The performer's charity, The Elton John Aids Foundation, has generated more than £310m for HIV prevention, education and support. During his speech he said how important the battle against AIDS was to... Full story

22 June