Order of Civil Merit (France)

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Ordre du Mérite civil
Awarded by  France
TypeOrder with three degrees:
StatusDeprecated 3 December 1963 by the Ordre National du Mérite
  • Commandeur
  • Officier
  • Chevalier
Next (higher)Médaille militaire
Next (lower)Croix de guerre

The Ordre du Mérite civil (Order of Civil Merit) of France was created on 14 October 1957 to reward individuals who have rendered services reported to the state as part of the Ministry of Interior, or to departments, municipalities and public institutions. The order is managed by the Interior minister, assisted by a Council of the Order.

The Order was deprecated by decree on 3 December 1963, and superseded by the Ordre national du Mérite. Extant members may continue to display their decorations.


The Order has three classes:

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


  • Marc Champenois (9 August 2008). "Ordre du Mérite civil". Les décorations Francaises (in French). Retrieved 2009-02-06.