France is to induct The Police into the Order of Arts and Letters, officials said today. The French culture ministry announced that the members of The Police will become knights of the Order of Arts and Letters on Monday.
The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Literature) is an Order of France, established on May 2, 1957 by the Minister of Culture, and confirmed as part of l’Ordre National du Mérite 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. The Order can be awarded to French nationals, men and women, for distinguished civil and military achievements, though of a lesser level than that required for the conferment of the Légion dhonneur. Foreigners are not admitted into the Order as such, but may receive the insignia of the Order as a mark of respect.
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