Bruce Willis receives Commander of Arts medal in France

05:00 AM, Feb 11, 2013

Bruce Willis and wife Emma Heming attend a ceremony where he was awarded with the medal of Commander of Arts and Letters by French culture minister Aurelie Filippetti, in Paris. Remy de la Mauviniere AP/


Written By by Lorena Blas, USA TODAY

Yippee-ki-yay” might not need any translation, especially in France.

The phrase, was famously uttered by Bruce Willis, who said it while playing the character John McClane in the Die Hard movies,

On Monday, Willis received the medal of the Commander of Arts and Letters at a ceremony in Paris. The award commemorates his contribution to cinema.

Willis, 57, said at the event that he felt honored that his work has been recognized, reports the Associated Press. His wife, Emma Heming, accompanied him to the ceremony.

Willis, who was born in Europe, said that he feels at home in France. But he didn’t shy away from politics. According to the AP, he did say he opposed President Francois Hollande’s plan to tax the richest at 75%.

The actor returns to the big screen as McClane in the fifth Die Hard installment, A Good Day to Die Hard, on Thursday.