the graduates of July 14, 2023

The July 14 promotion of the Legion of Honor distinguished 358 people this year, including 296 knights, 43 officers, 14 commanders, four grand officers and a grand cross. If it is more than in 2022 (329 decorations), the cultural environment is even less represented than usual.

Only 16 people were rewarded on the recommendation of the Ministry of Culture, including the director, Valérie Lesort to the rank of knight. Aicha Mokdahi, President of the International Philharmonic Orchestra, Patrick Raude, General Secretary of the Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers (SACD), Valérie Seilleur-Billaud, President of the Supervisory Board of SACEM, Sylvie Sémavoine-Glissant, visual artist, clinical psychoanalyst, director of the Institut du Tout-Monde and Margo Rouard-Snowman, design and graphic design historian, author, exhibition curator.

Is promoted to officer, the former Minister of Culture, Frédéric Mitterrand, journalist, producer and member of the Institute, Academy of Fine Arts. He was made a Knight on June 10, 1998. Maurice Lévy, advertiser and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Publicis advertising group, was elevated to the dignity of Grand Officer of the Legion of Honor. He is one of the promoters of the new Yourart online sales platform.

Other ministries or institutions have also distinguished several personalities from the artistic and heritage world. The archaeologist historian, François-Xavier Fauvelle or the director general of the Royaumont Foundation, Francis Maréchal have been appointed to the rank of knight on the recommendation of the Prime Minister. Journalist-photographer Jean-Pierre Laffont was knighted under the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs.

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