The French CulturalMinistry in Paris will today name Richard Fox,executive VP of Warner Bros. International, a Chevalier de l'Ordredes Arts et des Lettres

Renaud Donnedieude Vabres, minister of culture and communication,will present the award. The Chevalier is the highest honourin L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, which was created in 1957 to recognize individualswho have contributed to creative life in France and the rest of theworld.

Fox has worked at WarnerBros. since 1975 and is being recognized for "his lifetime commitment tocultural diversity, as exemplified by hisachievements in the world ofinternational film." He has worked on films including Un Long Dimanche De Fiancailles(A Very Long Engagement), Talk to Her, and Patrice Leconte'scurrent release Les Bronzes 3: Amis Pour La Vie.

Ceremonyattendees are expected to include Jean-Pierre Jeunet,Cannes Film Festival president Gilles Jacob, Harry Potter producer David Heyman,Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Barry Meyer, and Time Warner chairmanandCEO Richard Parsons.

"Richard'srespectfor, and fascination with, the French tradition of filmmaking have helped usbuild an enviable reputation in theworld of international film," said Meyer. "We are all very proud and pleased that France, with its outstandingfilm culture, has recognized Richard's contributions and his commitment todiversity in this important form of art and entertainment by honoring him withthis award."