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The Council of the Order

 

 

The Council of the Order is the senior council in charge of all issues concerning the governance of the Institution. An independent body chaired by the Grand Chancellor, its deliberations are confidential and its decisions are submitted to the President of the Republic.
The Legion of Honor and the National Order of Merit each have a council.

The Council of the Order of the Legion of Honor

In its responsibilities and its modus operandi, the Council of the Legion of Honor plays the role of the board of directors of the Order.

Its Role

  • After deliberation, the Council of the Order approves or rejects nominations and promotions proposed by the ministers.
  • It gives its opinion, before making its proposal to the Grand Master, on any disciplinary sanction to be taken against an honoree.
  • It reviews issues regarding the by-laws of the Legion of Honor.
  • It ensures that the regulations of the Order and its associated establishments (maisons d’éducation and museum) are observed.
  • It approves the budget of the Institution and monitors its implementation.
  • Its powers encompass the awards and by-laws of the Military Medal.

Modus Operandi

  • The Council holds a plenary meeting once a month in the “Council room” of the Grand Chancery
  • Every year it reviews some 3,700 dossiers for the Legion of Honor and 2,800 for the Military Medal
  • Members serve for a renewable four-year term

The Council’s membership

  • the Grand Chancellor, president of the Council,
  • 17 leading figures proposed by the Grand Chancellor and appointed by the Grand Master.

- 15 dignitaries or Commanders of the order

- 1 Officer

- 1 Knight 

Members are chosen to reflect the diversity of French society in all sectors, industry, culture, education, medicine, government, military, trade unions, etc.

 

 

Gérard PÉLISSON, former Chairman of the supervisory board of a hotel group
François DAVID, Honorary President of an insurance company
Michèle GENDREAU-MASSALOUX, former Rector of the AUF (Agence universitaire de la francophonie: Francophone University Association)
Xavier EMMANUELLI, former Minister, President of SAMU social International
Bruno COTTE, Honorary President of Chamber at the Court of Cassation
Pierre DEVAUX, Squadron Vice Admiral
Hugues GALL, former State Councilor, member of the Institute
Bruno GENEVOIS, former President of the litigation section of the Council of State
Bertrand LANDRIEU, former regional Prefect
Daniel JOUANNEAU, former Ambassador
Mr. Jean-Pierre MARTIN, Air Force General
Martial de BRAQUILANGES, Major-General
Dominique MEYER, physician, academic, member of the Academy of Sciences
Martine CLEMENT, Vice-President of a cooperative organization, former CEO
Marion GUILLOU, Chairperson of the Executive board of the French Veterinary, Forest and Agronomic Institute
Rose-Marie VAN LERBERGHE, Business leader, former senior public servant, former member of the Supreme Council of Judiciary
Marie-Claude KERVELLA, former Secretary General of a trade union

The Council of the National Order of Merit

It fulfills the same functions as the council of the Legion of Honor, but it is not consulted on budgetary matters.

Modus Operandi

  • The Council meets eight times a year
  • It reviews some 5,000 dossiers a year
  • Members are appointed for a renewable four-year term.

The Council’s membership

  • A president: the Grand Chancellor
  • 11 qualified members.

 - 9 dignitaries and Commanders of the order
 - 1 Officer
 - 1 Knight

 

Jean-Noel de BOUILLANE de LACOSTE, Ambassador of France
M. Pierre CORVOL, honorary professor at the Collège de France
Louis ZELLER, Army General, former extraordinary Chief Counselor at the Court of Auditors
Ghislaine ALAJOUANINE, President of Fonds solidarité système pour la recherche médicale
Jean-Michel BERARD, senior executive Prefect, extraordinary State Councillor
Elisabeth LINDEN, Honorary Advisor to the Court of Cassation
Gérard-François DUMONT, professor, former Academy Rector
Brigitte LEFEVRE, former dancer and former dance Director of the Paris Opera
M. Philippe DUMAS, honorary General Finance Inspector
Brigitte DEYDIER, former judo world champion
Dominique DUCHEMIN, master glassmaker, former Secretary General of the Association of French Glassmakers