Ordre des Palmes Académiques

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The Ordre des Palmes Académiques , or Palmes Académiques for short , is one of the highest awards in France for services to the French education system.


Napoleon Bonaparte created this official award in 1808 for members of the university. Only the appointment as a member of the Legion of Honor (French Légion d'Honneur ) is older; the award was launched in 1804. In 1866 the award was also extended to people outside of the teaching business who have made great contributions to education. You were appointed either officier de l'Instruction publique or officier d'académie .

In a decree that he signed on October 4, 1955, the Ordre des Palmes Académiques was introduced by French President René Coty with the levels of Chevalier (knight), Officier (officer) and Commandeur (commander).

For Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques may be appointed who is at least 35 years old and in possession of his civil rights . A further requirement is that you have served for 15 years in an area that falls within the scope of activity of the Ministry of Education and Schools or the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Leisure.

To be appointed officer , one must have held the title of knight for at least five years.

To be appointed Commandeur , one must have held the title of Officer for at least five years.

The nominations and ranks are announced each year on January 1st and July 14th by decree of the Minister for Education and Schooling .

The medal is a medal that consists of a violet-colored ribbon and a medallion. The medallion is (originally) formed by branches of a laurel tree and an olive tree. The color violet blue of the ribbon was chosen because it is the color of the École Primaire , i.e. the primary and primary school sector .

The Society of Members of the Order L'Association des Membres de l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques (AMOPA), founded in 1962, is under the patronage of the President of the French Republic and the Grand Chancellor of the Legion of Honor. AMOPA has 115 sections for Paris, the French and Overseas departments and is represented in 75 countries on the five continents. AMOPA enables its members to enjoy cultural activities and friendly, cross-generational encounters. A foundation was established in 1978 in order to expand the field of action towards young people and students.

Bearer of the order

See category: Bearers of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques The medal is awarded very often, any choice follows:

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