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His Excellency Gérard Araud
Ambassador of France to the United States

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The affection Americans have for France permeates music, books, film, fashion, i.e., the American life and American hearts.

It is a relationship that was born before the founding of the United States and it has endured world wars, personality conflicts throughout the Cold War and today's politics. It is also a relationship nurtured by the French Ambassador to the United States, Gérard Araud, in an age when the United States and France once again are allies in a war, this one against terror.

Araud, a career diplomat, became Ambassador of France to the United States in September 2014. He arrived with a resume that includes, his embassy bio says, "specialized knowledge in two key areas: the Middle East and strategic and security issues. As regards the latter, he was the French negotiator on the Iranian nuclear issue from 2006 to 2009."

In addition to his involvement with issues at the forefront of American diplomacy he also served as the Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations from 2009 until he took up the Ambassador position in 2014.

The earlier portion of his career included positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, including that of Director for Strategic Affairs, Security and Disarmament (2000-2003), Ambassador of France to Israel (2003-2006) and Director General for Political Affairs and Security (2006-2009). 

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