Ordre national du Mérite

Order of State with membership awarded by the President of the French Republic

The Ordre national du Mérite (French: [ɔʁdʁ nasjɔnal dy meʁit]; English: National Order of Merit) is a French order of merit with membership given by the President of the French Republic, founded on 3 December 1963 by President Charles de Gaulle. It is usually only for French citizens.[1]


  1. Battini, Jean; Zaniewicki, Witold (2003). Guide pratique des décorations françaises actuelles. Paris: LAVAUZELLE. pp. 37–48. ISBN 2-7025-1030-2.