Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

French award given for contributions to the arts

The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) is an order of France created on 2 May 1957 by the Minister of Culture. Its status to the Ordre national du Mérite was confirmed by President Charles de Gaulle in 1963.[1][2][3]

The medal

The Order has three grades:

  • Commandeur (Commander) — medallion worn on a necklet; up to 20 recipients a year
  • Officier (Officer) — medallion worn on a ribbon with rosette on left breast; up to 60 recipients a year
  • Chevalier (Knight) — medallion worn on a ribbon on left breast; up to 200 recipients a year

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