The Motown great was in the French capital to perform and be honored at France's biggest musical awards show Saturday.
Wonder said: "All this in one day, it's almost too much for me. I'm breathless."
"I just called to say 'we love you'," the minister said, referring to the French people.
One of Mitterrand's predecessors in 1981 named Wonder as a "Commander" in the order, its highest rank. Officials said Saturday that scheduling conflicts had delayed Wonder's formal decoration.