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5 things to know about France's most storied medal

Three Americans and a British businessman were awarded France's highest decoration, the Legion of Honor, or Legion d'Honneur, Monday for subduing a gunman on a high-speed train carrying hundreds of passengers to Paris. Here's are five things to know about the red-ribboned, five-pronged medal, one of Europe's most storied and colorful awards: ___ NAPOLEON'S BRAINCHILD The medal was first created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 as the dust settled from the French Revolution. The egalitarian-minded revolutionaries abolished all the orders of chivalry that were linked with the nobility and Bonaparte created the new system of awards based on merit, not social status. ...

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