“Monsieur le Directeur,
I have great pleasure in informing you that I have signed an order bestowing on you the title of Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur.
This high award, which I have decided to make available to you from my personal gift, is in recognition of the outstanding quality of your work in promoting the culture of your great country and the interests of Russian-French cooperation.
I send you my most sincere congratulations on the well deserved honor which France accords you on this occasion.
Monsieur le Directeur, you may rest assured of my profoundest respect”.

Nicolas Sarkozy
President of the French Republic