On Friday, Elton received France's highest civilian award.
The Legion d’Honneur award was presented to the 72-year-old by President Emmanuel Macron during a ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris.
The president, who saluted the musician as "an icon that knew how to set an example," used the occasion to make a call to youth and world leaders to replenish the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria before an October summit in Lyon, France.
He said that 27 million people have been treated and saved through the Global Fund that raised about 13 billion euros in 2016.
"We must do better," he declared, calling on all to mobilise over the next 110 days. "Make life impossible for us," he told the crowd, appealing to the youth of Europe and the world to badger their leaders.
John took up the call, saying that success ''is essential'' and ''of great importance to me.''
His own AIDS foundation celebrated its 25th anniversary last year.
The rocker told the audience: ''Like music, the fight against AIDS has been my passion for many many years. And like music this fight reminds me every day of the extraordinary power of the human spirit. And that things that bind us are stronger than those that divide us. It is this magical human spirit I will carry with me as a proud member of the Legion d’Honneur.”