Legion of Honour
|National Order of the Legion of Honour|
Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur
Officier medal of the French Légion d'honneur
|Awarded by France|
|Type||Order with five degrees|
|Awarded for||Excellent civil or military conduct delivered, upon official investigation|
|Status||Open since 1802|
|Established||19 May 1802|
|First awarded||14 July 1804|
Grand Officer: 314
Grand Cross: 67
|Next (lower)||Ordre de la Libération|
It was established by Napoleon Bonaparte on 19 May 1802.
The Order is the highest decoration in France and is divided into five degrees: Chevalier (Knight), Officier (Officer), Commandeur (Commander), Grand Officier (Grand Officer) and Grand Croix (Grand Cross).
- Formerly the Royal Order of the Legion of Honour (Ordre royale de la Légion d'honneur)