The National Council of "Companion of the Liberation" communities
One of the characteristics of the Order of the Liberation is that the distinction awarded to its members, the Cross of the Liberation, has not been awarded since 1946. This means that the members of this Order will disappear, and it will not be renewed by new memberships.
The Order of the Liberation thus appeared to be destined to disappear, as the last of the Companions of the Liberation. passed away. But as this is the second national French Order, which embodies the values of the Resistance movement and the Liberation, and which has fulfilled, since the end of the war, a series of important missions in terms of preserving the memory of the Order (organization of the events on June 18th at Mont Valérien, administration of the Museum of the Order of the Liberation, the ceremony for the Resistance Medal recipients) and in terms of social services (aid for Companions of the Liberation, for Resistance Medal recipients and their families), the need to preserve its future seemed obvious.
Among the Companions of the Liberation, only the five French communities that have been awarded the Cross of the Liberation (Nantes, Grenoble, Paris, Vassieux-en-Vercors and Ile de Sein) are guaranteed not to disappear. It therefore seemed logical to look towards them to ensure the continuity of the Order of the Liberation.
This is how on May 26th of 1999, Law No. 99-418, which created the National Council of the "Companion of the Liberation" communities (Official Bulletin of 28 May 1999) was adopted unanimously by the National Assembly and the Senate. It is an administrative public national body, which is under the authority of the French Minister of Justice.
The mission of this Council is to ensure the preservation of the traditions of the Order of the Liberation, to preserve its memory, to administer the Museum of the Order of the Liberation, to organize the events commemorating the Appeal of June 18th and the death of General De Gaulle, to participate in providing spiritual and material aid for the Companions of the Liberation, for the Resistance Medal recipients and their families and to provide the ceremony of the French Resistance Medal.
The Council shall be composed of the mayors of the five communities while they are in office, the Companions of the Liberation and a national delegate appointed for a renewable four-year, by decree of the President of the Republic.
The law shall go into effect when the Council of the Order of the Liberation shall no longer be able to gather fifteen members that are natural persons. At that time, the Chancellor shall be named – until the end of his or her term – national delegate to the National Council of the "Companion of the Liberation" communities.