Los Angeles: Actress Salma Hayek is to receive France's highest culture prize - the Legion d'Honneur.

The 45-year-old, who is married to Frenchman Henri Francois Pinault, has been named among the 2012 recipients of the accolade by President Nicolas Sarkozy, reported a magazine.

Founded by Napoleon 210 years ago, the Legion d'Honneur is awarded to native and international figures for their service to France.

Past recipients include Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford, Robert De Niro and Lenny Kravitz.

(Agencies)