France bestows 'Legion of Honor' on Vietnamese-French entrepreneur

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A Vietnamese French businessman has been awarded with the prestigious Legion of Honor by France for his contributions to the development of bilateral relations between the two countries.

Bui Van Tuyen, 91, was given the award by French ambassador to Vietnam, Jean-François Girault, at a Monday ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City.

Tuyen, a successful entrepreneur in France, was among the first overseas Vietnamese businessmen to return to Vietnam in the early 1990s.

He set up companies in his hometown, Hai Duong Province near Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City, providing jobs for hundreds of locals.

He first established workshops for embroidery products and ceramic souvenirs, and later opened farms to plant mushrooms and raise French geese.

The Legion of Honor, or in full the National Order of the Legion of Honor, is the highest decoration in France.

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