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PARIS (AP) -- American movie director Tim Burton has been inducted into France's cultural honor roll in a Paris ceremony.

Culture Minister Frederic Mitterand made the director of such films as "Alice in Wonderland" and "Edward Scissorhands" an officer in France's National Order of Arts and Letters.

Burton, wearing a dark suit and his trademark fuzzy hairdo, says he has always loved France and felt a special connection with the French public.

Burton says "I feel much more at home here than I do in my own country and I thank you very much." A green and gold medallion was pinned to his lapel.

French actress and Oscar winner Marion Cotillard was also honored at Monday's ceremony at the Culture Ministry.