France. Order of Social Merit, Knight Grade, silver and enamels.
The Order was created on 25 October 1936 and modified on 14 February 1937 and intended to recognise outstanding service to Provident and Mutual Associations and organisations involved with social insurance and benevolent provision. To be appointed knight, recipients were required to be at least 32 years of age and to have given at least five years’ service. The Order has not been awarded since 1963 and thus had a life of just twenty-seven years.