Ordre des Palmes académiques
|Ordre des Palmes académiques |
|Awarded by Ministry of National Education of the French Republic|
|Type||Order of merit|
|Awarded for||Distinguished contributions to education or culture|
|Grand Master||Emmanuel Macron|
(President of France)
|Chancellor||Pap Ndiaye, the Minister of National Education|
|Grades||Commander, 1st Class|
Officer, 2nd Class
Member/Knight, 3rd Class
|Next (higher)||Médaille de la Résistance|
|Next (lower)||Order of Agricultural Merit|
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 on distinguished academics and teachers and for valuable service to universities, education and science. 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, making it one of the oldest civil honours bestowed by the French Republic.
The original Palmes académiques was instituted by Napoleon on 17 March 1808. In this sense, it shares its origins with the Legion of Honour which Napoleon had established shortly before. Palmes académiques was established to decorate people associated with the university, including high schools (lycées). It was not an order as such, but a title of honour identifiable by its insignia sewn on the recipients' costumes. It was bestowed only upon teachers or professors. The original decoration included three classes:
- Titulaire – gold palm sewn on white silk;
- Officier l'Université – silver palm sewn on white silk;
- Officier d'Académie – blue palm sewn on white silk.
The Titulaires were limited to the grand masters of the university, chancellors, treasurers, and councilors for life. The Officiers de l'Université were ordinary councilors, university inspectors, rectors, academy inspectors, deans and faculty professors. The Officiers d'Académie were headmasters, censors, teachers of the two most distinguished classes of high schools, principals of colleges, and, in exceptional cases, high school teachers or college regents. Those working in primary education were ineligible.
- Officier de l'Instruction Publique (Golden Palms);
- Officier d'Académie (Silver Palms).
Only those working in education for at least 15 years were eligible. The decoration was conferred by the Minister of Public Instruction on the proposal of rectors after having consulted academic councils.
In 1866, Napoleon III, prompted by Minister of Public Instruction Victor Duruy, widened the scope of the award to include non-teaching persons who had otherwise made contributions to education and culture, including foreigners. It was also made available to French expatriates who made major contributions to learning or education in the wider world.
The present Ordre des Palmes académiques was instituted on 4 October 1955 by President René Coty. In 1963 the French system of orders was reformed under President Charles de Gaulle. A number of so-called "ministerial orders" were consolidated into the Ordre national du Mérite. De Gaulle, however, was fond of the Ordre des Palmes académiques and decided to keep it as a separate order. Since 1955, the Ordre des Palmes académiques has had three grades, each with a fixed annual number of new recipients or promotions:
- Commander (Commandeur) – gold palm of 60 mm surmounted by a laurel wreath (couronne) worn on necklet, limited to 280 annually;
- Officer (Officier) – gold palm of 55 mm worn on ribbon with rosette on left breast, limited to 1523 annually;
- Knight (Chevalier) – silver palm of 50 mm worn on ribbon on left breast, limited to 4547 annually.
The order is conferred for services to the universities, in teaching or in scientific work. It can be conferred on both French citizens, including those residing abroad, and foreigners. The minimum age of conferment is 35 years. Promotion to a higher grade usually requires five years in the lower rank. The order is administered by a council whose president is the Minister of National Education. Decisions on nominations and promotions are proposed by the minister and formally decided by the Prime Minister. Decisions are announced annually on 1 January, New Year's Day and 14 July, Bastille Day. For those not connected to state-sponsored public education, or the Ministry of National Education, the announcements are made on New Year's Day and for all others on Bastille Day. In 2018, the annual quotas were cut by almost half to their present level.
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The badge, unchanged since its creation in 1808, consists of a pair of violet-enamelled palm branches. It is suspended from a plain violet ribbon.
|Member/Knight (Chevalier)||Officer (Officier)||Commander (Commandeur)|
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