The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) is an Order of France established on 2 May 1957 by the Minister of Culture. Its supplementary status to the Ordre national du Mérite was confirmed by President Charles de Gaulle in 1963. Its purpose is the recognition of significant contributions to the arts, literature, or the propagation of these fields.
Its origin is attributed to the Order of Saint-Michel (established 1 August 1469) as acknowledged by French government sources.
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