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The oldest, best known and highest French honorary decoration was awarded to the Haitian 
woman of letters, Yanick Lahens.

On February 25, the French Ambassador to Haiti, Fabrice Mauriès, presented the insignia 
of Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur to the author, among others, of the novels "La Couleur 
de l'aube", "Douces routs”, “In the father’s house” and “Moon bath”.

Born in 1953 in Haiti, Yanick Lahens studied Modern Literature in France. She was a member 
of the cabinet of the Minister of Culture, Raoul Peck. She taught at the State University
of Haiti and was invited to hold the Francophone Worlds Chair of the Collège de France for 
the year 2018-2019.

 "Her literary work, widely recognized in Haiti, France and beyond, takes a look with gentle 
patience on Haitian society, its great and small history, while giving a major place to 
female figures," the embassy said. from France to Port-au-Prince.

She has won several trophies, including the Literatur Preis prize in 2009 at the Leipzig 
book fair, the Millepages prize 2008, the RFO prize 2009, the Richelieu de la Francophonie 
prize 2009, the Vincennes city readers prize as part of the Festival America in 2010, the 
ADELF prize in 2013, the Carbet prize for high school students in 2013, the Femina prize in 
2014 and the Prix Carbet et du Tout-Monde, for all of his work in 2020.
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