Paul Smith, has been presented with an Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur medal; translated as the National Order of the Legion of Honour, it is the highest decoration you can receive in France.
Established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte, the order is divided into five degrees of distinction:
- Chevalier (Knight)
- Officier (Officer)
– Commandeur (Commander)
– Grand Officier (Grand Officer)
– Grand Croix (Grand Cross)
We’ve done a little digging, and although Paul Smith doesn’t mention the distinction of his honor, judging by the picture of a medal he posted on Instagram, the designer has been made an officer…
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To receive this you would need to have served a minimum 20 years of public service or 25 years of professional activity with “eminent merits” – at which point he would have been knighted – and then a minimum of 8 years in the rank of Chevalier.