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  • #11923
    doc riley
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    This is the Medal of Honor of Labor, Silver Medal, 25 Years.
    It is the lowest grade of a four grade medal group. It was established by Decree on 15 May 1948. It combined several of different MoH’s that existed at the time. It used the various rules texts and regulations of those MoH’s to form the basis of the Medal of Honor of Labor. It is named to C. Bertrand 1974. Now to track down the other three grades.
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    #13580
    fred j borgmann
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    France must be one of the few non-communist, non-socialist or non-fascist countries to honor labor on a national level?

    #13581
    ed_haynes
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    Not really, Belgium and Italy come immediately to mind. It is just that there is a pro-military bias among many medal collectors and the US never has recognized labor and this distorts the US-centric view.

    #13582
    felix
    Member

    This is the most common french labor medal, the silver class is for 20 years of work and not 25 (the first medal of labor was institued in 1886). There are a lot of labor medals who are still awarded today (more than 20). To be honest, even if almost every worker could claim it after 20 years of labor, most people didn’t care about it and don’t know that such medal exist.

    My sister was happy to receive it only because she received an extra month of salary with it…

    #13583
    doc riley
    Member

    The Medal of honor of Labor (Current Issue) was created by decree of 15 May 1948. It combined several different Medals of Honor then in existance, using various texts, rules & regulations of these M.O.H.’s to form the basis of the Medal of Honor of Labor. It replaced the following:

    A. M.O.H. of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (Decree of 16 July 1886).

    B. The MOH of the Minstry of Labor and of Social Providence (Decrees of 1913 & 1914)

    C. "Medaille D’Honneurdes Vieux Serviteurs" MOH of Former old Public Servants

    D. MOH of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (Decrees of July 13, 1886, 1893, 1913 & 1927)

    The Current Issue since 1948 decree
    The Medal of Honor of Labor (1948) has four Degrees:
    For 25 Years Service- The Silver Medal
    For 35 years Service- Silver-Gilt Medal with Rosette on the ribbon
    For 43 Years Service- Gold Medal with Rosette on the Ribbon & Gold Wreath Suspension.
    For 48 Years service- Gold Medal with Rosette on ribbon with Gold Wreath suspension and an open Gold Wreath on the Ribbon.

    Doc

    #13584
    frivilig
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    France must be one of the few non-communist, non-socialist or non-fascist countries to honor labor on a national level?

    Ahh-hmm, Despite the setback of the Paris Commune (1871), France has actually formally embraced Socialism as the government of the day, not least and most recently under François Mitterrand, who was elected president of the Fifth Republic. Under Mitterrand, the socialist party achieved a governing majority in the National Assembly from 1981 to 1986 and again from 1988 to 1993. After a period of conservative experimentation, it looked as though the socialists were going to return to power in the 2007 election, when the party’s candidate for the presidential election, Ségolène Royal, was the favored candidate to win, however she was defeated by Nicolas Sarkozy. Obviously, Carla Bruni would not have been nearly as interesting had the socialists won, close call, lucky us.

    Liberté, Egalité and Fraternité
    (not to be confused with "Travail, Famille, Patrie," under Marshal Pétain’s WW II Vichy French government.

    Bill

    #13585
    felix
    Member

    The Current Issue since 1948 decree
    The Medal of Honor of Labor (1948) has four Degrees:
    For 25 Years Service- The Silver Medal
    For 35 years Service- Silver-Gilt Medal with Rosette on the ribbon
    For 43 Years Service- Gold Medal with Rosette on the Ribbon & Gold Wreath Suspension.
    For 48 Years service- Gold Medal with Rosette on ribbon with Gold Wreath suspension and an open Gold Wreath on the Ribbon.

    Doc

    This was changed during the 80’s (1984 and 1986), now the medals are awarded for 20, 30, 38 and 43 years of labor.

    #13586
    felix
    Member

    There was not only labor medals but orders too (merit orders). Most of these orders were abolished in 1963 when national merit order was institued.

    :
    National order of merit (1963-today)
    Academic palms (1808-today), several patterns
    Agricultural merit order (1883-today)
    Maritime merit order (1930-today)
    Arts and litteracy order (1957- today)

    :
    National labor order (1942-1944) Vichy
    Social merit order (1936-1963)
    Public health order (1938-1963)
    Commercial and industrial merit order (1936-1963)
    Artisans merit order (1948-1963)
    Touristic merit order (1949-1963)
    Veterans merit order (1953-1963)
    Postal merit order (1953-1963)
    National economy merit order (1954-1963), this order is my avatar
    Sport merit order (1956-1963)
    Labor merit order (1957-1963)
    Military merit order (1957-1963), for reservists
    Civilian merit order (1957-1963)
    Saharian merit order (1958-1963)

    #13587
    doc riley
    Member

    This was changed during the 80’s (1984 and 1986), now the medals are awarded for 20, 30, 38 and 43 years of labor.

    Francois-Xavier,
    Thank You for the information!!! I just updated my book on French Medals. Strange…it was Copyrighted in 1996. Daniel Byrne missed that.

    Doc

    #13588
    felix
    Member

    You’re welcome Doc. I found my info in : "Guide pratique des décorations françaises actuelles", Lavauzelle edition, 1998.

    #13589
    doc riley
    Member

    Unfortunately all I have is Daniel Byrnes book. Even with 2 1/2 years of French in High School I’ve forgot almost all of it. So, I need an English book on French Medals.

    Doc

    #13590
    Christophe
    Participant

    Hi Doc,

    I don’t know any valuable book in english dedicated to french awards, unfortunately…
    Just need to practice your French…

    Cheers.

    Ch.

    #13591
    doc riley
    Member

    I’m starting 4 terms of Russian at Richland College. My French will have to wait.

    Doc

    #13592
    Christophe
    Participant

    And now, the Decree 2000-1015 dated 17 October 2000 makes the medals awarded for 18, 25, 30 and 35 years of labor.

    Ch.

    #13593

    France must be one of the few non-communist, non-socialist or non-fascist countries to honor labor on a national level?

    I believe Germany by States also honours its work force, both pre WW2 and post WW2 for 21 years service.

    Connaught Ranger

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