The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) is an order of France created on 2 May 1957 by the Minister of Culture. Its status to the Ordre national du Mérite was confirmed by President Charles de Gaulle in 1963.
The Order has three grades:
- Commandeur (Commander) — medallion worn on a necklet; up to 20 recipients a year
- Officier (Officer) — medallion worn on a ribbon with rosette on left breast; up to 60 recipients a year
- Chevalier (Knight) — medallion worn on a ribbon on left breast; up to 200 recipients a year