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Honoured by France for his promotion of French gastronomy and wine

Paul Haar, Jurisconsult des États-Unis, has been honoured by the Republic of France with the Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole.

The award was bestowed in recognition of his more than 20 years of tireless dedication to the promotion of French gastronomy and wine in the United States.

He was presented with his medal by Christophe Malvezin of the Embassy of France to the United States at a ceremony on December 10, 2014, at The Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C.

L’Ordre du Mérite Agricole, instituted on July 7, 1883, by the then Minister for Agriculture Jules Méline, is France’s highest award for individuals who have made significant contributions to French agriculture and gastronomy. Noted recipients of the award include Jacques Chirac, Louis Pasteur and Catherine Deneuve.

Paul has a long and enduring love affair with France and all that is French. As a University of Michigan Exchange Scholar he attended the University of Aix-Marseille where he studied Economics and International Law.

In the United States, Paul has represented Air France, a wide variety of French business interests and the Embassy of France. Paul has actively promoted French gourmet food products and fine wines, having represented the gourmet food importer/distributor D’Artagnan, many French wine importers, and many leading French chefs, including both Michel Richard and Pierre Gagnaire.

A linguist who speaks French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and German, Paul has been privileged to have served as a Bailliage of USA Ambassador. Naturally he is honoured to have been nominated to be among the select group of individuals who have been graced with the recognition of ‘Chevalier de l'Ordre du Mérite Agricole’.

Prepared from a Press Release by Judy Mazza, Bailli of Greater Washington DC

Below: Shannon and Paul Haar, at the award ceremony on December 10, 2014