France Considers Revoking Weinstein’s Legion of Honor

October 15, 2017 Updated: October 16, 2017

PARIS—France has started the process of stripping Harvey Weinstein of his Legion of Honor, France’s highest civilian distinction, after allegations of sexual harassment against the film producer, President Emmanuel Macron’s office said on Saturday.

“The French Presidency has started discussing this case with the Grande Chancellerie de la Legion d’honneur,” a spokeswoman said. “A decision will be taken after this discussion.”

The move follows detailed claims by numerous women that Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them over the past three decades.

“The Presidency considers that this behavior is in contradiction with honor,” the spokeswoman said.

Weinstein has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.

The producer of Oscar-winning films including “The Artist” had received the Legion of Honor, “Chevalier” grade, from President Nicolas Sarkozy in March 2012.

Producer Thomas Langmann, actors Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo and producer Harvey Weinstein attend ” The Artist” premiere during the 55th BFI London Film Festival at the Odeon West End in London, England on Oct. 18, 2011. (Ian Gavan/Getty Images For The BFI)

The Grande Chancellerie de la Legion d’honneur is the body in charge of the decoration, established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte.

By Elizabeth Pineau and Sybille de La Hamaide