Ordre du Mérite Saharien

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Ordre du Mérite saharien
Orde van Verdienste voor de Sahara Officier.jpg
The medal of the officer
Awarded by  France
Type Order with three degrees:
Commandeur
Officier
Chevalier
Awarded for Service in the development of the Saharan regions
Status Deprecated 3 December 1963 by the Ordre National du Mérite
Statistics
Established 4 April 1958
Distinct
recipients
764: Cdr. 42, Off. 123, Chev. 602
Precedence
Next (higher) Médaille militaire
Equivalent Ordre National du Mérite
Next (lower) Croix de guerre

The Ordre du Mérite saharien (Saharan Order of Merit) was established in 1958 as a reward for social, scientific, economic or administrative services rendered by French or foreign persons who participated in the development of Saharan regions. The medal is fashioned in the form of the Agades cross, a traditional emblem of the Tuareg clans of the Sultanate of Agadez, surrounding modern Agadez, Niger.

The order was deprecated by decree on 3 December 1963, and superseded by the Ordre National du Mérite. Extant members of the order are permitted to wear their original decorations.

Classes[edit]

The Order has three classes:

  • Commandeur (Commander)
  • Officier (Officer)
  • Chevalier (Knight)
Ribbon bars
Ordre du Merite Saharien Chevalier ribbon.svg
Knight
Ordre du Merite Saharien Officier ribbon.svg
Officer
Ordre du Merite Saharien Commandeur ribbon.svg
Commander

References[edit]

This article incorporates information from the revision as of February 2009 of the equivalent article on the French Wikipedia.