Keyword: New Year
Out of the 600 recipients, twenty were involved in last year's fatal attacks in January and in a Thalys train attack later in August.
Hollande said he was 'proud' of the 'solidarity and composure' shown by fellow citizens during year marked by deadly terrorist attacks.
Government reports 12 percent drop in number of cars torched on New Year's Eve - a ritual among revellers in France's high-rise suburbs.
In traditional TV address to the nation, French president told viewers they had 'every reason' to feel confident about the future after a tough 2014.