The 2022 promotion of the Legion of Honor will reward more than 500 personalities. Indeed, according to the list made public in the Official Journal, Saturday January 1, 2022, 547 Legion of Honor will be awarded during the year. People who have worked from near or far to contain the Covid-19 pandemic will be honored. “All the members of the Scientific Council are also distinguished in this promotion of Commander, with the exception of two personalities already promoted.” The President of the Scientific Council Jean-François Delfraissy, or the former Minister of Health Agnès Buzyn, will be awarded this medal. The name of the latter is likely to make a lot of talk as it was criticized by its positions and its statements at the very beginning of the health crisis. She was also indicted for “endangering the life of others”.

The personalities chosen to receive the highest French national distinctions are “illustrious or unknown to the general public”. They will be “divided into different ranks (knights, officers, commanders …)”, we can still read in the Official Journal. For this new promotion of decorated, the last of Emmanuel Macrin’s five-year term, the public sector is largely rewarded since it represents 30% of the decorated. Bruno Lasserre, vice-president of the Council of State, will for example become a grand officer.

Public economic sectors highlighted

It is then the economic sector which is put forward with the medal awarded in particular to the cook Thierry Marx (officer). Culture is not forgotten either with the distinction offered to the composer and conductor Betsy Jolas, or Pap Ndiaye, who in 2021 took over the head of the French National Museum of the History of Immigration (Palais of the Porte Dorée in Paris).

Legion of Honor © Christophe Clovis

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