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President Vladimir Putin presented Russian state awards to French astronauts

October 31, 2000, Paris

Brigadier General Jean-Pierre Haignere, who spent 189 days on board the MIR space station last year, was awarded the Order of Courage. Claudie Andre-Deshays, who was a backup crew member, was awarded the Order of Friendship. She herself had taken part in a previous mission to MIR.

President Putin highly appreciated the French astronauts’ contribution to some important joint space projects.

October 31, 2000, Paris