Paul McCartney to Receive French Legion of Honor

The one-time Beatle is already knighted in his native Great Britain

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    Paul McCartney will be decorated at the rank of officer Saturday by French President Francois Hollande.

    France's Elysee Palace has said former Beatle Paul McCartney has been nominated for the legion of honor for services to music.

    On Tuesday, a presidential spokesman said that seventy-year-old McCartney — who sung and co-wrote hits like "Hey Jude" and "Yesterday" — will be decorated at the rank of officer by French President Francois Hollande in a ceremony Saturday in Paris.

    McCartney will join the ranks other singers to have received the honor. Barbra Streisand and Liza Minnelli were similarly honored by former President Nicolas Sarkozy.

    McCartney — often referred to as "Sir Paul" or "Macca" in his native Britain — has already received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II, who watched him perform at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.