French President Francois Hollande (R) and Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (2ndL) meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef of Saudi Arabia (foreground) at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, March 4, 2016. REUTERS/Stephane De Sakutin/Pool
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France's foreign minister Monday defended the awarding of the Legion d'Honneur, the country's highest honor, to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, after it sparked harsh criticism on social media.France did not initially announce the news, which was first revealed by Saudi press agency SPA.Saudi Arabia is also seen as one of the world's worst human rights violators, and there was harsh criticism of Nayef's award on social media, particularly over its use of the death penalty, with people using the hashtag "#honte" (#shame) on Twitter.
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