French ambassador shake-up brings new leadership to Foreign Ministry

French ambassador shake-up brings new leadership to Foreign Ministry

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Francois Delattre, the secretary general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will be appointed ambassador to Berlin. Here on April 13, 2018, in New York.

The ambassador shuffle that began in France in the middle of the summer is gradually revealing its secrets. While the movement is taking place discreetly, one thing is certain: The ongoing merry-go-round ride will undoubtedly lead to a profound turnover at the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where several stalwarts are being called upon to take up important positions in G7 countries.

According to the decisions made by the Conseil des Ministres (a body that discusses and adapts some of the executive’s main pieces of legislation) on Friday, July 29, the secretary general of the ministry, François Delattre, will be designated as ambassador to Germany. Several names are circulating to replace him, including outgoing ambassador to Berlin Anne-Marie Descôtes and permanent representative of France to the United Nations in Geneva Jérôme Bonnafont – who also authored a report on the human resources policy of the Foreign Ministry before his arrival in Switzerland almost a year ago.

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In addition, two of the ministry’s three director generals are expected to leave their posts. The current head of the administration, Hélène Duchêne, is to be appointed to London, where she will replace Catherine Colonna, who became the minister of foreign affairs after the re-election of Emmanuel Macron, and Michel Miraillet (director general of globalization) is leaving for Ottawa, Canada.

In addition, the current director of legal affairs at the ministry, François Alabrune, will become ambassador to the Netherlands. He will also be responsible for representing Paris at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. This position will allow him to oversee the work of the International Criminal Court, which is heavily involved in investigations into war crimes committed in Ukraine by the Russian army. Mr. Alabrune will replace Luis Vassy, who just took over the leadership of Ms. Colonna’s office.

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Strategic positions still to be filled

At this stage, these various appointments, like those made 10 days earlier for some 30 countries, are more likely to reassure diplomats who were burned by the overhaul of the ministry, which was instigated by the Elysée as part of the reform of the senior civil service. Many fear that the elimination of the two bodies at the heart of the ministry – the foreign affairs advisors and the plenipotentiary ministers (those with full powers) – by the end of the year will allow the executive to make more political choices, which will be to the detriment of professional diplomats who are experienced in world affairs. On June 2, a large part of the ministry hierarchy, including Michel Miraillet, went on strike against these measures.

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