Thomas Piketty rejects Legion d'honneur

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France's celebrity economist and best-selling author, Thomas Piketty refused to accept the country's highest state award, the Legion of Honor.

Piketty turned down the nomination, saying "I do not think it is the government's role to decide who is honourable" and that the government of Francois Hollande should focus on reviving the country's economy instead. Read our post about Piketty's controversial work, here.