At this time, Les was approached by an original member of the French Resistance, the Maquila. He was presented with a beautiful swordstick and certificate in appreciation of his work with many French artists throughout the world. The swordstick was signed by former President of France, General De Gaulle, and presented by Johnny Stark (Manager to Mireille Mathieu). Les is now a life-long member of the French Maquila.