Irish rocker Bono is to receive France’s highest cultural honour in recognition of his lengthy career at a ceremony in Paris tonight (Jul 16).

The 53-year-old Dublin native will be made a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) at a ceremony in the French capital, according to a spokesperson from the department of the Minister for Arts and Communication.

The U2 frontman follows in the footsteps of screen stars including Clint Eastwood, Sir Sean Connery and Sir Michael Caine, and singer David Bowie, who have all received the same accolade.

Bono, a leading advocate for aid in Africa, has received numerous accolades for humanitarian work and services to music, including an honorary knighthood from the British Queen.

Bono is currently on holidays in the south of France with his wife Ali and his children.