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France Honors Dr. Armand Hammer

Associated Press

American industrialist Dr. Armand Hammer was decorated Wednesday with one of France’s highest awards for contributions to the arts.

Culture Minister Jack Lang made Hammer, the 90-year-old chairman of Occidental Petroleum Corp., commander of arts and letters in a ceremony at the Culture Ministry. Lang noted that Hammer spent nine years in the Soviet Union amassing a collection of 18th-Century French furniture and rare French china.


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