By a presidential decree on December 31, 2015, the French President of the Republic, François Hollande, awarded Emmanuelle Charpentier with the title of "Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur".
The Légion d’Honneur is the highest French decoration and one of the most famous in the world; it is awarded to people who, by their accomplishments, contribute to the progress of France.
For two centuries it has been presented on behalf of the Head of State to reward the most deserving citizens in all fields of activity. Any French citizen, who has demonstrated outstanding merits in the service of the nation is eligible to qualify for the Légion d’Honneur. Emmanuelle Charpentier was awarded together with 615 other French citizens.