French President François Hollande awarded famous Turkish singer Candan Erçetin with the knighthood title Ordre des Arts et des Letters (Order of Arts and Letters) yesterday.
Erçetin, a singer and songwriter who also teaches law at Galatasaray University, was awarded the honorary title during a ceremony at the Istanbul university.
Hollande praised Erçetin for her performance at a presidential dinner in Ankara the previous evening. Erçetin said her education at Francophone Galatasaray High School shaped her life and expressed her admiration for French culture.
At the presidential dinner, Candan Erçetin entertained guests with "Je Ne Regrette Rien" and "Tombe la Neige", two French songs popular in Turkey, as well as "La Vie En Rose", a favorite song of Hollande's ex-girlfriend Valerie Trierweiler.