Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

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Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
L'OrdreDesArtsCommandeur.jpgL'OrdreDesArtsOfficier.jpg
Medals of the commandeur and officier
Awarded by  France Minister of Culture
TypeOrder of Merit with 3 degrees:
Commandeur (commander)
Officier (officer)
Chevalier (knight)
Awarded for"Significant contribution to the enrichment of the French cultural inheritance."
StatusActive
Statistics
Established2 May 1957
Precedence
Next (higher)Ordre du Mérite Maritime
Next (lower)Médaille des Évadés

Ordre des Arts et des Lettres Commandeur ribbon.svg
Commandeur
Ordre des Arts et des Lettres Officier ribbon.svg
Officier

Ordre des Arts et des Lettres Chevalier ribbon.svg
Chevalier
Ribbon bars of the order
 
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Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
L'OrdreDesArtsCommandeur.jpgL'OrdreDesArtsOfficier.jpg
Medals of the commandeur and officier
Awarded by  France Minister of Culture
TypeOrder of Merit with 3 degrees:
Commandeur (commander)
Officier (officer)
Chevalier (knight)
Awarded for"Significant contribution to the enrichment of the French cultural inheritance."
StatusActive
Statistics
Established2 May 1957
Precedence
Next (higher)Ordre du Mérite Maritime
Next (lower)Médaille des Évadés

Ordre des Arts et des Lettres Commandeur ribbon.svg
Commandeur
Ordre des Arts et des Lettres Officier ribbon.svg
Officier

Ordre des Arts et des Lettres Chevalier ribbon.svg
Chevalier
Ribbon bars of the order

The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) is an Order of France, established on 2 May 1957 by the Minister of Culture, and confirmed as part of the Ordre national du Mérite by President Charles de Gaulle in 1963. Its purpose is the recognition of significant contributions to the arts, literature, or the propagation of these fields.

Its origin is found in the Order of Saint-Michel as is mentioned by diverse sources of French Government.[1][2][3]

Background[edit]

French government guidelines provide that citizens of France must be at least thirty years old, respect French civil law, and must have, "significantly contributed to the enrichment of the French cultural inheritance".

Members are not, however, limited to French nationals. Recipients have included numerous foreign luminaries.

Foreign recipients are admitted into the Order, "without condition of age".

The Order has three grades:

The médaille of the Order is an eight-point, green-enameled asterisk, in gilt for commanders and officers, in silver for knights; the obverse central disc has the letters "A" and "L" on a white enamelled background, surrounded by a golden ring emblazoned with the phrase "République Française". The reverse central disc features the head of Marianne on a golden background, surrounded by a golden ring bearing the words "Ordre des Arts et des Lettres". The commander's badge is topped by a gilt twisted ring.

The ribbon of the Order is green with four white stripes.

Members of the order[edit]

Ray Bradbury wearing the Commanders badge in 2009
Majida El Roumi wearing the Officers badge during her honoring ceremony in Beirut, in February, 2013

According to the statutes of the Order, French citizens must wait a minimum of 5 years before they are eligible to be upgraded from Chevalier to Officier, or Officier to Commandeur, and must have displayed additional meritorious deeds than just those which originally made them a Chevalier. However in the statutes there is a clause saying "Les Officiers et les Commandeurs de la Légion d'honneur peuvent être directement promus à un grade équivalent dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres". (Translation: "The officer and commanders of the Legion of Honour are able to be promoted directly to an equivalent grade in the Order of Arts and Letters".) This means that were someone to be made a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters one year, then made an officer of the Legion of Honour the next year, that person can be upgraded to Officier of the Order of Arts and Letters and bypass the five-year rule.

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This article incorporates information from the revision as of 2010-01-18 of the equivalent article on the French Wikipedia.