The Médaille de la Famille française is a medal awarded by the French government to people who have raised large families.

  • The name of the medal translates to Medal of the French Family
  • It was created in 1920 under the name Medal of Honour of the French Family
  • Reformed in 1982 and 83, the name of the medal changed and fathers were allowed to be given the decoration
  • Three classes of medal exist:
    1. Bronze is given to parents of four or five children
    2. Silver is given to parents of six or seven children
    3. Gold is given to parents of eight or more children
  • A family has to be recommended for the award through their local town hall
  • An inquiry into the family is conducted, and if the report is positive, the medal is awarded


“BIONs” – short for Believe It or Not – is the word we use at Ripley’s to refer to anything that is unbelievable and worthy to become part of Ripley’s lore and collection.