Lord Mandelson was awarded by French ambassador Sylvie Bermann
The Labour peer was awarded the prestigious Legion d’honneur by France’s ambassador to the UK Sylvie Bermann at her official London residence last night.
Lord Mandelson, a former EU trade commissioner, is a committed europhile and was a top Remain campaigner during the EU referendum.
The ex-business secretary, a key figure in Tony Blair’s New Labour government, also recently took on a role as Brexit adviser to pro-EU London mayor Sadiq Khan.
Lord Mandelson’s EU pension from his spell as a top Brussels official bars him from making any public criticism of the bloc.
A spokesman for the French embassy told Express.co.uk: “Lord Peter Mandelson was made Officier de l’Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur for his entire career devoted to serving the United Kingdom and the European Union, be it through his active involvement in world affairs or through his work updating policies for tomorrow.
“Lord Peter Mandelson has been a long-time friend of France.”
— French Embassy UK (@FranceintheUK) February 1, 2017
Lord Peter Mandelson has been a long-time friend of France
The Legion d’honneur was established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte with other British recipients including ex-prime minister Winston Churchill, Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.
Twelve British D-Day veterans were also honoured with France’s top award by Ms Bermann yesterday.
Last year, Financial Times editor Lionel Barber inadvertently revealed he had been awarded with the honour for his pro-Remain newspaper’s “positive role in the European debate”.
Mr Barber had tried to keep his award secret because it would not be “good publicity” less than two months after the Brexit vote.