The renowned Légion d'Honneur was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 and remains France's highest civilian honnor. Weinstein was nominated by Sarkozy in 2011 and will receive the award at a ceremony to take place in Paris. At the time of the nomination, President Sarkozy wrote that Weinstein "has always shown great friendship towards our country and our cinema, which [he has] enabled so many Americans to discover.”
Weinstein cited French movies as one of the reasons for his success, saying “All my life, I have loved and been inspired by French cinema. I am still the young boy who walked two miles to The Mayfair movie theater in Flushing, New York to see films by the greats – Lelouch, Godard, Renoir and my personal favorite François Truffaut. They inspired me and led me to the place I am in today."