PARIS (AP) _ Sophia Loren, the sultry Italian actress, has become a ''chevalier'' in France's Legion of Honor.

Loren and anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss topped the Bastille Day list of 50 people named to or elevated within the prestigious order Sunday.

Their names were published on the 202nd anniversary of the fall of the Bastille prison, the event historically viewed as the beginning of the French revolution.

The Rome-born Loren, 56, who appeared in numerous Hollywood and Italian movies over a 30-year period, was named to the order's lowest grade.

Levi-Strauss, 72, born in Belgium but a long-time resident of France, was promoted from ''grand officier'' to ''grand croix,'' the order's top rank. A member of the Academie, the ultimate guardian of the French language, Levi- Strauss is among the world's leading anthropologists.

Admission to the Legion of Honor, established by Napoleon in 1802, is awarded for long and distinguished public service, either military or civilian.