UNB French professor receives prestigious honour

A professor of French at UNB has been presented with one of the highest civic orders bestowed by the government of France.

Dr. Robert Viau has been named a Knight of the Order of the Academic Palms for his contributions to Francophone studies as a scholar and an educator.

The award was established in 1808 to honour educators from universities and schools in France.

It was expanded in 1866 to include foreigners and French residents living abroad who contribute to and promote the French language and culture.

Dr. Viau says it's a "rare honour" that few Canadians have received.