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The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) is an order of France created on 2 May 1957 by the Minister of Culture. Its status to the Ordre national du Mérite was confirmed by President Charles de Gaulle in 1963.

The Order has three grades:

  • Commandeur (Commander) — medallion worn on a necklet; up to 20 recipients a year
  • Officier (Officer) — medallion worn on a ribbon with rosette on left breast; up to 60 recipients a year
  • Chevalier (Knight) — medallion worn on a ribbon on left breast; up to 200 recipients a year
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