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John Waters to join ranks of Meryl Streep, Robert Redford with French arts honor

John Waters to join ranks of Meryl Streep, Robert Redford with French arts honor

One of Baltimore’s finest has gone international.

Filmmaker, artist and author John Waters has been named an officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres). The honor, announced Monday, is awarded to artists “who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world,” according to a news release from the French Embassy.

“I am a great admirer of Mr. John Waters,” said Mathieu Fournet, head of the film, TV and new media department at the French Embassy in New York.

After an appearance at Lincoln Center about four years ago, where Waters spoke glowingly of such French cultural figures as Jean Genet,...

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