CANNES, France (AP) _ France honored director Martin Scorsese with the Legion of Honor at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday.

Scorsese ``is among those who is capable of making us dream,'' Culture Minister Catherine Trautmann said before pinning the medal to his lapel.

Trautmann also praised the American director for promoting the restoration of past film masterpieces.

``I must say I'm greatly honored to receive this decoration,'' Scorsese told the audience under a huge seaside tent. ``It means a great deal to me; I've always in a way dreamed of it.''

``I really owe a great debt to French culture ... particularly French cinema,'' said the director of ``Raging Bull,'' ``New York, New York,'' and ``GoodFellas.''

The 52-year-old Scorsese was awarded the Chevalier, the Legion of Honor's first rank.

In 1976, Cannes gave Scorsese a major boost, giving him the Golden Palm for his film ``Taxi Driver.''

This year, Scorsese is president of the jury judging films in the festival. It ends Sunday.