Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres ( German Order of the Arts and Literature ) is a French order that was founded on May 2, 1957 and is administered by the French Ministry of Culture . The medal is awarded to “people who have distinguished themselves through their work in the artistic or literary field or through their contribution to the radiance of the arts and literature in France and in the world”.
The restructuring of the French religious system by President de Gaulle in 1963 retained this order. The Council des Ordre des Arts et des Lettres has 12 members by law (“in particular the directors of the administration of the Ministry of Culture, the National Archives, ... and the Museums of France”) and 13 members appointed by the Minister of Culture.
The order is divided into three classes:
- Commandeur des Arts et Lettres : For persons who have been an officer for at least five years; 50 possible awards per year
- Officier des Arts et Lettres : For people who have been Chevaliers for at least five years; 140 possible awards per year
- Chevalier des Arts et Lettres : For people over 30 years of age; 450 possible awards per year
The medal is a green enamelled double cross with eight arms, which is provided with a silver arabesque for the Chevalier , a silver- gold one for the Officiers and a gold one for the commanders . The commanders' badge is also slightly larger than the others. In the center there is a monogram of the letters L and A for all levels .
The ribbon is 37 mm wide and composed of five 5.5 mm wide dark green ribbons, which are separated by four vertical, 2.4 mm wide, white lines.