French actor Gerard Depardieu has been made an honorary citizen of the Belgian district where he took up residence in a move that sparked a spat with the French government.
The 64-year-old actor received the honour on Saturday at a ceremony in the village of Nechin, where Depardieu bought a house last year, Belga news agency reported.
Nechin, a village of about 2000 inhabitants which lies within a kilometre of France, is part of Estampuis district.
Depardieu's move there was seen as an attempt by one of the country's best-paid actors to dodge wealth tax increases in France.
Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault labelled the move "pathetic" and suggested Depardieu was unpatriotic, triggering a feud which culminated in the actor accepting a passport from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Depardieu's embrace of Putin's Russia sealed the fall from grace of France's boozy bad-boy actor in the eyes of many.
But the star of 1990 hit Cyrano de Bergerac and the Asterix and Obelix films shrugged off the controversy.
"I tour the world and I like coming to Nechin for peace," Depardieu said, paying tribute to the welcoming smiles of its residents and their lack of affectation.
"Gerard, Estaimpuis loves you!" mayor Daniel Senesael enthused, presenting him with the borough's medal.
The actor, who threw a party afterwards for hundreds of local dignitaries and residents, also received a leather harness from a local guild.
Nechin is a haven for wealthy French tax exiles. One in four residents is French.Belgium does not have wealth taxes and its inheritance taxes are lower than those in France.