François Croquette, Ambassador at large for Human Rights, in charge of Holocaust Issues
Born in 1966 in Paris, François Croquette graduated from Sciences-Po Paris and the LSE.
He joined the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1988 and began his career in Kinshasa before following, in the Africa Department, the dismantling of the apartheid. He was part of the European Election Observation Mission in South Africa in 1994. As part of a diplomatic exchange program, he was Head of the Horn of Africa section at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London (2002-2003).
He took part in the reform of French Development policy, as chief of staff of the Minister for Development and Francophonie (2000-2002) and then as Director of the Private Office of the Minister for International Development (2013-2014).
François Croquette was also counsellor at the French Embassy in Moscow (where he followed Caucasus and Chechnya between 1996 and 1999) and in London (2003-2006).
He was head of the Northern America Department (2010-2011), before becoming diplomatic advisor to the President of the French Senate (2011-2013). Lastly, he held positions in the field of cultural cooperation, as Cultural Counsellor in Montreal (2006-2010) and then as Cultural Counsellor and director of the French Institute in London (2014-2017).