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Pride of the Arab World: Hind Sabry and Mohamed Hefzy were awarded the French Arts and Letters Medal

Dubai: Egyptian-Tunisian actress Hend Sabry and Egyptian producer Mohamed Hefzy was appointed this week as the Officer of the Knight Order in Arts and Letters by the French government, respectively.

The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres is awarded to artists who have contributed to the flourishing of the art scene in France and around the world.

The duo were honored by French Ambassador Stephane Romate at a ceremony in Cairo on Wednesday.

Sabry took to social media to express her gratitude. “I am proud to receive the French Medal of Arts and Letters from the rank of Chevalier to the rank of officer, which I received in 2014. Thank you to the French government and His Excellency Ambassador Stefan Romatier,” Sabry wrote, and published the news to her 2.9 million followers.

Her posts on Instagram and Twitter added: “To my family, fans and friends, I promise you to continue making you happy. Congratulations to my colleague and friend Mohamed Hefzy.”

Meanwhile, Hefzy wrote, “I am proud of a new chevalier. Congratulations also to Officer hendsabri deservedly.”

Sabri, the UN Goodwill Ambassador for the World Food Program, began work in 1994 in Tunis. She then moved to Egypt, where she got married and is currently living, to expand her reach.

With a career spanning more than two decades, she has proven herself to be one of the most popular actresses in the Arab world with a number of successful films and shows under her belt.

Meanwhile, Hefzy is an award-winning producer who is credited with over 30 feature films in Egypt, the Arab world, the United States and the United Kingdom.

It is one of the leading names in its field and its films have been shown in international festivals such as Cannes, Venice, Sundance, Toronto, among others.

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