Economic diplomacy – Creation of the new Directorate for Businesses and Global Economy (March 1, 2013)


The minister of foreign affairs has made the diplomatic economy a top priority of his action. This is why the new Directorate for Businesses and Global Economy has been created, as of March 1, 2013. This directorate will be the first point of contact at the ministry for businesses – for large groups as well as SMEs. It will also ensure that their interests are properly taken into account in negotiations that are likely to impact their activities, in particular with respect to issues relating to global economic regulation.

Mr. Laurent Fabius has appointed Mr. Jacques Maire, a diplomat with diverse and recognized experience, notably in the economic field, as head of the Directorate for Businesses and Global Economy. He will be responsible for effectively coordinating the action of our embassies, in conjunction with the Ministry for the Economy and the various economic and social actors concerned.

In addition to the diplomatic functions that he has performed, notably within the ministry and within our permanent mission to the EU, Mr. Jacques Maire has held important responsibilities in several administrations (prime minister, spatial planning and environment, employment and solidarity). He also has considerable experience in the private sector, having held various management positions within the AXA group from 2002 to 2012.