China, Russia, France, Israel Pay Tribute to Mikis Theodorakis Work, Life

A giant in the fields of music and human rights, the late Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis, who died at 96 after a legacy of genius and decency, was honored with accolades coming in, including from China, Russia, France and Israel.

France was Mikis Theodorakis’ second home since the 1950's and where he lived in exile from the military dictatorship that ruled from 1967-74, released after being tortured and jailed, the Colonels giving in to international pressure.

The French Institute in Greece website posted a photograph of Theodorakis after he was appointed Commander of the Legion of Honor, France’s highest French order of merit, said Kathimerini in a roundup of the tributes.

At the conferring in the French Embassy in 2007, Theodorakis noted that his most popular songs were written in Paris, where both his children were born, the insitute said.