Arnold Schwarzenegger was awarded one of France’s highest awards on Friday, the Legion d’Honneur.
The star received the honor in recognition of his efforts in environmental work and was presented the award by French President François Hollande. The ceremony took place at the Élysée Palace in Paris, where Schwarzenegger officially became a chevalier of the Legion of Honor.
“Thank you, President @fhollande, for making me a Commander of the order of the Legion of Honor for my environmental work,” Schwarzenegger posted on his Twitter account, along with a picture capturing the special moment.
“I’m also thankful for your fantastic effort to make COP21 a success and help lead the world to a clean energy future,” he continued in a Facebook post. “I look forward to continuing to work together to follow through and make our goals a reality!”
The Legion d’Honneur, founded by Napoleon in 1802 as an order of merit, is awarded to military and civilian personnel for distinguished service to France, but is not exclusively awarded to French citizens. Last May, Hollande pinned medals to Tom Hanks, NBC newsman Tom Brokaw, and National World War II Museum Director Gordon “Nick” Mueller.