Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:
French economist Piketty refuses Légion d’honneur
The influential French economist Thomas Piketty refuses the highest French award, the Légion d’honneur, in protest against the socialist government. He thinks that it is not for the government to decide who deserves honor. “They should concentrate on boosting the economy in France and Europe.” …
Piketty had been nominated as a knight of the Legion of Honour. He wrote the popular book Capital in the 21st century, about capital and inequality. Of that book, more than 1.5 million copies were sold.
Rich and poor
Interview with Thomas Piketty: Piketty Responds to Criticisms from the Left: here.