Jerry Hulse, editor of The Times Travel Section, has been awarded the Legion of Honor by President Mitterand of France.
A French government official said Hulse was chosen for the prestigious award "for many years of dedicated service to (Times) readers, the travel industry, and France."
The Legion of Honor, established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, has been awarded to relatively few Americans and only a handful of journalists. A recipient is only eligible "after more than 25 years of prominence in a profession," according to the government official.
Jean-Marc Janaillac, director general of the French Government Tourist Office in New York, said Hulse "has made our country better understood and appreciated through his dedicated journalism."