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News from France

Conference for Phaleristic Societies in Paris - A French order to a Danish general - The last holder of the Order of Liberation has passed away.
News from France

The XIV. conference for phaleristic societies took place in Paris on September 10-12th, 2021. The hosts have published photos and summaries of the events on their website.
The presentations from the conference can be found on the same website.


Danish Lieutenant general Michael A. Lollesgaard was awarded the Officer grade of the Legion of Honour at an event at the French embassy in Copenhagen. It was a recognition of the general's large contribution to develop the Danish-French military cooperation.
The Officer's cross was awarded by ambassador Caroline Ferrari in the presence of defense attaché, colonel Vincent Samson.
The general has previously received the Knight cross of the French Order of Merit.
Read more about the event on the embassy's website.


Hubert Germain, the last holder of the French Order of Liberation, which he received in 1944, passed away on October 12th, 2021, aged 101 years.
At the age of 19, Germain went to England in 1940, to join the Free French forces. He fought in Syria and in Libya 1941-1942 and was with the Foreign Legion's famous 13th demi-brigade at Bir Hakeim. From North Africa he came to Italy, and later he participated in the invasion in Provence. He was demobilized in 1946.
Germain later joined politics, was a mayor for 10 years, member of the National Assembly and served as minister of postal service and telecommunications.
Germain was awarded the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour (2018) and also decorated with the Croix de Guerre 1939-45 with palm devices, the Resistance Medal with rosette, MBE, Grand Cross of the Order of Malta and several foreign decorations.
He was laid to rest in Mont-Valérien on November 11th.
Read more about Hubert Germain here.