Elton John Aids Foundation generated more than £310m for HIV prevention, education and support
Sir Elton John received France’s prestigious award Legion d'Honneur.
Emmanuel Macron presented him with the France’s highest civilian award at the Élysée Palace.
Macron said that Elton John, as a “melodic genius” won the heart of millions of people by playing an active role in voicing the opinions of the LGBT community.
Elton John used his acceptance speech to highlight his charitable works.
Elton John Aids Foundation generated more than £310m for HIV prevention, education and support.
Through his speech, he emphasized on the importance of fighting against AIDS by stating that "Like music, the fight against AIDS has been my passion for many many years.
"And like music this fight reminds me every day of the extraordinary power of the human spirit.
"And that things that bind us are stronger than those that divide us. It is this magical human spirit I will carry with me as a proud member of the Legion d'Honneur."
He also praised highly about the French culture and lifestyle as a whole: "I have a huge love affair with France: I have a house here, I've always loved coming here, I love the French culture, the way of life and the French people."
He declared to his fans that he would bid his final goodbye to the world of music with his final world tour, Farewell Yellow Brick Road, which includes more than 300 concerts over five continents