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Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
Insignia of an Officier and a Chevalier
TypeOrder of merit with 3 degrees:
Commandeur (Commander)
Officier (Officer)
Chevalier (Knight)
Awarded forSignificant contribution to the enrichment of the French cultural inheritance
Presented byFrench Minister of Culture
Established2 May 1957
Websitehttp://www.culture.gouv.fr/culture/artsetlettres/ Edit this on Wikidata



Ribbon bars of the Order
Next (higher)Ordre du Mérite Maritime
Next (lower)Médaille des Évadés

The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (French for 'Order of Arts and Letters') is an order of France established on 2 May 1957 by the Minister of Culture. Its supplementary status to the Ordre national du Mérite was confirmed 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 attributed to the Order of Saint Michael (established 1 August 1469), as acknowledged by French government sources.[1][2][3]


To be considered for the award, French government guidelines stipulate 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".

Membership is not, however, limited to French nationals; recipients include numerous foreign luminaries. Foreign recipients are admitted into the Order "without condition of age".

The Order has three grades:

The médaille (medallion) of the Order is an eight-pointed, green-enameled asterisk, in gilt for Commanders and Officers and in silver for Knights; the obverse central disc has the letters "A" and "L" on a white-enameled 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

Main article: List of members of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

Ray Bradbury wearing the Commander's badge in 2009

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 that 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 officers and commanders of the Legion of Honour can be promoted directly to an equivalent grade in the Order of Arts and Letters".) This means that if someone were to be made Officier of the Legion of Honour, then the next year, that person could be directly made Officier of the Order of Arts and Letters and bypass a nomination as a knight and the five-year rule.

See also


  1. ^ "Conseil de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" [Council of the Order of Arts and Letters]. Ministère de la Culture (in French). Archived from the original on 9 November 2018. Retrieved 21 August 2022.
  2. ^ Archives de FranceArchived 2013-04-16 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Mémodoc