Knight – Order of Arts and Letters of France
In 1996 Paulo Coelho is named a Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters of France (Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de France).
The Order was established on 2 May 1957 by the Minister of Culture and named as National Order of Merit by President Charles de Gaulle in 1963. The purpose of the Order is the recognition of significant contributions to the arts and literature, or the propagation of these field.
Its origin is attributed to the Order of Saint-Michel (1 August 1469).