France has appointed Mr. Laurent Bili as the new Ambassador to the United States, succeeding Philippe Etienne. With his extensive experience and impressive credentials, Mr. Bili is expected to bring a new level of expertise and insight to the important role of representing France in the United States.
Born on August 12, 1961, Mr. Bili is a graduate of the prestigious French National School of Public Administration (ENA), where he excelled as a member of the Victor Hugo Year (1989-91). Following his graduation, Mr. Bili joined the Strategic Affairs and Disarmament Directorate at the French Foreign Ministry, where he gained valuable experience in the field of international relations.
Over the years, Mr. Bili has held a variety of positions at the French Foreign Ministry and has served in several important diplomatic roles internationally. He has worked as a diplomat in Ankara, served as the Permanent Representative of France to the Western European Union, and advised the European Union’s interim Political and Security Committee in Brussels. In addition, he has held key positions in the French government, including as Director of the Private Office of the Minister Delegate for European Affairs and as a technical adviser at the Diplomatic Unit of the Presidency of the French Republic.
Mr. Bili has also served as the Ambassador to Thailand, Director of the Defense Minister’s Civilian and Military Office, Ambassador to Turkey, and Ambassador to Brazil. Most recently, he served as the Director-General for Global Affairs, Culture, Education, and International Development at the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, as well as G7/G20 Sous-Sherpa.
Mr. Bili’s extensive experience and expertise in international affairs make him an ideal candidate for the important role of Ambassador to the United States. His tenure as Ambassador to China since September 2019 has given him a deep understanding of the complex relationship between the United States and China, which will be invaluable in his new role in Washington.
As the new Ambassador of France to the United States, Mr. Bili will be responsible for maintaining and strengthening the important relationship between the two nations. With his vast experience and diplomatic skills, he is well-equipped to navigate the many challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. His appointment is a testament to France’s commitment to its alliance with the United States and its role as a leading global power.