Ordre des Palmes Académiques

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Order of Academic Palms
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Commander's neck badge and ribbon
Awarded by Ministry of National Education of the French Republic
Type Order of merit
EstablishedDecoration: 1808
Order: 1955
Awarded forDistinguished contributions to education or culture
StatusCurrently constituted
Grand Master President Emmanuel Macron
Chancellor Jean-Michel Blanquer, the Minister of National Education
GradesCommander, 1st Class
Officer, 2nd Class
Member/Knight, 3rd Class
Next (higher) Médaille de la Résistance
Next (lower) Order of Agricultural Merit
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The three graded ribbon bars of the Order

The Ordre des Palmes académiques (French for "Order of Academic Palms") is a national order bestowed by the French Republic to distinguished academics and figures in the world of culture and education. Originally established in 1808 by Emperor Napoleon as a decoration to honour eminent members of the University of Paris, it was changed into its current form as an order of merit on 4 October 1955 by President René Coty. [1]

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The early Palmes académiques was instituted on 17 March 1808 and was bestowed only upon teachers or professors. [1] [2] In 1850, the decoration was divided into two known classes:

In 1866, the scope of the award was widened to include major contributions to French national education and culture made by anyone, including foreigners. It was also made available to any French expatriates making major contributions to the expansion of French culture throughout the rest of the world.[ citation needed ]


Since 1955, [2] the Ordre des Palmes académiques has comprised three grades, each grade having a fixed number of recipients:

A rosette is a small, circular device that is typically presented with a medal. The rosettes are either worn on the medal to denote a higher rank, or for situations where wearing the medal is deemed inappropriate, such as on a suit. Rosettes are issued in nations such as Belgium, France, Italy and Japan. Rosettes are also sometimes called bowknots, due to their shape. Moreover, a large rosette is sometimes pinned onto the ribbon which suspends a medal, typically the Officer 's badge of certain orders of chivalry.

Decisions on nominations and promotions are decided by the Minister of National Education. For those not connected to state-sponsored public education, or the Ministry of National Education, these honours are announced on 1 January, New Year's Day. For all others, they are made on 14 July, which is French National Day.[ citation needed ]

Notable recipients

French recipients

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Isabelle Bogelot

Foreign recipients


Member/Knight (Chevalier)Officer (Officier)Commander (Commandeur)
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