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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
  • It reviews the dossiers for the Legion of Honor and 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
Bruno COTTE, Honorary President of Chamber at the Court of Cassation
Pierre DEVAUX, Squadron Vice Admiral
Bertrand LANDRIEU, former regional Prefect
Daniel JOUANNEAU, former Ambassador
Jean-Pierre MARTIN, Air Force General
Jean-Paul de GAUDEMAR, rector of Agence universitaire de la Francophonie
Martial de BRAQUILANGES, Major-General
Martine CLEMENT, Vice-President of a cooperative organization, former CEO
Brigitte LEFÈVRE, former dancer Director of the Paris Opera
Marion GUILLOU, Chairperson of the Executive board of the French Veterinary, Forest and Agronomic Institute
Christine ROUZIOUX, university professor, hospital doctor
Sabine BAÏETTO-BESSON, Pesident of Observatoire régional du foncier en Île de France
Bernard PÊCHEUR, President of section at the Conseil d'Etat
Rose-Marie VAN LERBERGHE, Business leader, former senior public servant, former member of the Supreme Council of Judiciary

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

 

M. Pierre CORVOL, honorary professor at the Collège de France
Louis ZELLER, Army General, former extraordinary Chief Counselor at the Court of Auditors
Jean-Michel BERARD, senior executive Prefect, extraordinary State Councillor
Elisabeth LINDEN, Honorary Advisor to the Court of Cassation
Mme Danielle BÉNADON, former inspector general of sustainable development administration
M. Jean MENDELSON, former ambassador
M. Philippe DUMAS, honorary General Finance Inspector
Irène FRAIN, writer
Claire LOVISI, university professor, former rector
Dominique DUCHEMIN, master glassmaker, former Secretary General of the Association of French Glassmakers