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Legion of Honour
Légion d'honneur
Chevalier légion d'honneur 2.png
Chevalier (Knight) medal insignia
Awarded by France
Type Order of merit
Established 19 May 1802; 221 years ago (1802-05-19)
Motto Honneur et patrie ("Honour and Motherland")
Eligibility French citizen
Awarded for
Excellent civil or military conduct
delivered, upon official investigation
Founder Napoleon Bonaparte
Grand Master President of France
Grand chancelier Benoît Puga
Secretary-General Luc Fons
  • 00,0  1  Grand-maître
  • 00,067  Grand(s)-croix
  • 00,314  Grand(s) officier(s)
  • 03,009  Commandeur(s)
  • 17,032  Officier(s)
  • 74,384  Chevalier(s)
First induction 14 July 1804
Next (higher) None
Next (lower)
  • Order of Liberation
    (ceased 24 January 1946)

  • Order's streamer
  • Legion Honneur GC ribbon.svg
  • Legion Honneur GO ribbon.svg
    Grand officier
  • Legion Honneur Commandeur ribbon.svg
  • Legion Honneur Officier ribbon.svg
  • Legion Honneur Chevalier ribbon.svg

Ribbon bars of the order

The Legion of Honour (French: Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur) is the highest French award.

It was established by Napoleon Bonaparte on 19 May 1802.

The Order is the highest decoration in France and is divided into five degrees: Chevalier (Knight), Officier (Officer), Commandeur (Commander), Grand Officier (Grand Officer) and Grand Croix (Grand Cross).

The order's motto is Honneur et Patrie ('Honour and Country'), and its seat is the Palais de la Légion d'Honneur on the left bank of the River Seine in Paris.

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