The Legion of Honor award wasn’t on the official agenda, but President Francois Hollande reportedly awarded France’s highest honor to Saudi Arabia’s crown prince for fighting terrorism. The Saudi Press Agency put the news front and center on Sunday, two days after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef met with Hollande and was
given the Legion of Honor. Friday’s meeting was on the agenda — but not the award. The Elysee Palace had no immediate comment. According to the Saudi Press Agency, the prince, who’s also interior minister, was distinguished “for his great efforts in the region and the world in countering extremism and fighting terrorism.” Saudi Arabia is a French ally in the Syria conflict and a major client of French armaments.