Receiving his doctorat honoris causa on Friday at the University of Nanterre, Cohn-Bendit was honoured Doctor Honoris on Friday facetiously greeted the "comrade president", recalling the impertinence of his revolutionary youth.
"It's a bit of a paradox that the president of the university of Nanterre sings the praises of the most famous student rebel the university has ever had," the university's president Jean-François Balaudé commented.
Cohn-Bendit, 69 and an ardent football fan, dedicated his degree to Brazilian footballer Socrates and to French Green activist Rémy Fraisse, who died in a demonstration last October.
"Europe is the only worthwhile utopia today", said Cohn-Bendit, who went from street-fighting anarchist to being a Green MEP in a long and controversial political career. "It doesn't work but still it's a fabulous dream."
Cohn-Bendit was born in the French town of Montauban to German-Jewish parents but chose German citizenship at the age of 14 in order to avoid conscription in France.