National Order of Merit / Ordre National du Mérite

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    christophe
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    The Ordre National du Mérite / National Order of Merit is France’s second highest Order after the Legion of Honor.

    It has been instituted by French President General Charles de Gaulle on 3 December 1963. It has been established as a national order for outstanding social, economic or military merits and services not qualifying for the Legion of Honor. It is open both for military and civilian persons.

    This Order has been created by General de Gaulle with the idea of simplificating the French National Orders system.
    This new Order has replaced the following Colonial Orders or Orders of Merit which will not be attributed anymore as of 1st January 1964:
    – Ordre du Mérite social ;
    – Ordre de la Santé publique ;
    – Ordre du Mérite commercial et industriel ;
    – Ordre du Mérite artisanal ;
    – Ordre du Mérite touristique ;
    – Ordre du Mérite combattant ;
    – Ordre du Mérite postal ;
    – Ordre de l’Économie nationale ;
    – Ordre du Mérite sportif ;
    – Ordre du Mérite du travail ;
    – Ordre du Mérite militaire ;
    – Ordre du Mérite civil du ministère de l’intérieur ;
    – Ordre du Mérite saharien.
    – Ordre de l’Étoile noire ;
    – Ordre du Nichan El Anouar ;
    – Ordre de l’Étoile d’Anjouan.

    The insigna itself is a 6 arms, 12 pointed star covered with blue enamel. Its ribbon is blue. The OMSA Medal Database contains a lot of nice pics…

    5 classes exist: Chevalier (Knight), Officier (Officer), Commandants (Commander), Grand-Officier (Grand-Officer) and Grand-Croix (Grand Cross). The system is again very similar to the Legion of Honor’s one.

    Attached is a pic of an insignia of Officer of the National Order of Merit.

    Ch.

    Pic : FDutil – OMSA Medal Database.
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    christophe
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    France is celebrating the 50th birthday of the national Order of Merit, insituted by Charles de Gaulle on 3 December 1963.

    An exhibition has been inaugurated on 14 July 2013, at the National Museum fo the Legion of Honor, in Paris:

    "De Gaulle et le Mérite, création d’un ordre républicain."

    This exhibition will be open from 14 July 2013 to 26 January 2014.

    It displays the origins of the Order, its creation,.. An interactive databook gathers the names of all the 306.000 decorated.

    if in Paris, don’t miss it!!

    More on the Museum website: http://www.legiondhonneur.fr/shared/fr/ … musee.html

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    #16793

    christophe
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    And the press kit (in French) in PDF format :

    http://www.musee-legiondhonneur.fr/mlh/ … ite_DP.pdf

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    #16795

    megan
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    Thank you… fascinating read!

    Megan
    http://www.medals.org.uk/

    #16796

    christophe
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    My pleasure. Thanks, Megan!!

    Cheers.
    Ch.

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