Mavis Arnaud Frugé honored by French government for her work in making Arnaudville a French cultural hub _lowres

Advocate staff photo by CHARLES CHAMPAGNE -- Arnaudville resident Mavis Fruge was awarded the Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Order of Academic Palms) at the 2015 Louisiana Culture Awards ceremony at the Baton Rouge Capitol Park Museum on Tuesday, April 14, 2015.

Congratulations to Mavis Arnaud Frugé — or perhaps now Lady Frugé, but we do not want to challenge our limited knowledge of French knighthoods.

We know that it is a considerable honor that the government of France has bestowed in awarding her its l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques, recognizing her work on the preservation and advancement of French language and culture in Arnaudville. It is one of the highest honors to noncitizens of France. The consul-general of France, Grégor Trumel, presented Frugé with the award at the 2015 Louisiana Culture Awards hosted by Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne.

Frugé has worked for years to promote Arnaudville as a hub for French culture in Acadiana. It is a cause near to the hearts of many Louisianians of French descent but also of great value in cultivating international connections with the Francophone world. Previous winners in Louisiana include the late Richard Guidry at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Francis L. Lawrence, longtime professor of classical French literature at Tulane University.

We wish Frugé well in her continuing work at the Jacques Arnaud French Studies Collective and other promotion of this important part of Louisiana’s cultural heritage.