|Ordre national du Mérite|
Medal of a Knight of the Order
|Awarded by the President of France|
|Type||Order of merit|
|Established||3 December 1963|
|Awarded for||Distinguished civil or military achievements|
|Grand Master||President Emmanuel Macron|
|Next (higher)||Military Medal|
|Next (lower)||National Recognition Medal for Victims of Terrorism|
|Related||Order of Agricultural Merit|
Order of Maritime Merit
Ribbon of the Order
The Ordre national du Mérite (National Order of Merit) is a French order of merit with membership awarded by the President of the French Republic, founded on 3 December 1963 by President Charles de Gaulle. The reason for the order's establishment was twofold: to replace the large number of ministerial orders previously awarded by the ministries; and to create an award that can be awarded at a lower level than the Legion of Honour, which is generally reserved for French citizens. It comprises about 187,000 members worldwide.
French citizens as well as foreign nationals, men and women, can be received into the order for distinguished military or civil achievements, though of a lesser level than that required for the award of the Legion of Honour. The President of the French Republic is the Grand Master of the order and appoints all its members by convention on the advice of the Government of France. The order has a common Chancellor and Chancery with the Legion of Honour. Every Prime Minister of France is made a Grand cross of the order after 24 months of service.
The individuals listed below have been admitted as members of the National Order of Merit:
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