Jean-Michel Cousteau Honored with the Knight of the Legion of Honor

May 11, 2016

Jean-Michel Cousteau receiving the Highest French Civilian Decoration from President François Hollande at Élysée – Présidence de la République française. Photo Credit © Fabien Cousteau

It has been a historical day for Jean-Michel Cousteau. He has been officially awarded the highest French Civilian Order of Distinction, the Chevalier de la Légion D’Honneur, Knight of the Legion of Honor, from President Hollande of France at the Élysées in Paris.

Jean-Michel was surrounded by his family and friends as the President pinned him with a prestigious medal of honor. It was a beautiful evening in Paris.


(l-r) Céline Cousteau, Fabien Cousteau, President François Hollande, Jean-MIchel Cousteau, and Nan Marr.

The entire OFS team congratulates Jean-Michel for inspiring us all to see a bright future filled with many opportunities for creative solutions to protect our water planet and ourselves.


Jean-Michel Cousteau with his children, Fabien and Céline. Photo credit: © Nicolas Imbert

Jean-Michel continues to work tirelessly to engage humanity to think about sustainability. This medal of honor he accepts on behalf of all those who dedicate their lives to ocean education and protection.

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Chevalier de la Légion D’Honneur, Knight of the Legion of Honor. Photo credit: © Luc Hardy

From Jean-Michel Cousteau:
“If we are to protect our ocean home and create a better future for us now, and for generations to come, we must continue to raise our voices together. This immense honor is for all of us. When you protect the ocean, you protect yourself."

  • Jean-Michel Cousteau returns home and shares his honor with some of the Ocean Futures Society team and friends!