French Ambassador in Berlin appointed as Emmanuel Macron’s diplomatic adviser (14 May 2017)


The President of the French Republic, Mr Emmanuel Macron, has appointed the French Ambassador in Berlin, Mr Philippe Étienne, as his diplomatic adviser. Mr Étienne will manage the Diplomatic Unit of the French Presidency.

This appointment sends a strong signal to Europe, and to Germany in particular.

Philippe Étienne is a highly experienced diplomat and an expert in European affairs. He was France’s Permanent Representative to the European Union in Brussels from 2009 to 2014. He had been French Ambassador in Berlin since September 2014.

In his speech upon taking office on 14 May 2017, the President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron recalled that Europe is at the heart of his programme: “We need Europe and it will be reformed and given new impetus, because Europe protects us and allows us to convey our values around the world.” His first foreign engagement, on 15 May 2017, will take him to Berlin, for his first meeting as President with Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel.

CV of M. Philippe Etienne

Philippe Étienne, born 24 December 1955
Graduate of the École Normale Supérieure (ENS)
Holder of the Agrégation in Mathematics
Degree in Economics
Graduate of the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (Serbo-Croatian)
Attended the French National School of Public Administration (ENA) - “Voltaire” Year - 1980
Minister Plenipotentiary hors classe

Positions held:

  • 1974-1977 : Worked in education
  • 1978-1980 : At the French Ministry’s central administration (Europe Directorate)
  • 1981 : Second Secretary in Belgrade
  • 1981-1983 : First Secretary in Belgrade
  • 1983-1984 : At the central administration (Methods-Training-IT)
  • 1984-1985 : (Archives and documentation)
  • 1985-1987 : First Secretary in Bonn
  • 1987-1988 : Technical Adviser to the Minister Delegate for European Affairs, attached to the French Foreign Minister
  • 1988-1991 : Second Counsellor at the Permanent Representation of France to the European Communities in Brussels
  • 1991-1994 : Head of cultural, scientific and technical services in Moscow
  • 1994-1995 : At the central administration (European Cooperation), Head of Community external relations
  • 1995-1997 : Deputy Director of the Minister’s Private Office
  • 1997-1999 : First Counsellor at the Permanent Representation of France to the European Union in Brussels
  • 1999-2002 : Minister-Counsellor at the same location
  • 2002-2005 : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in Bucharest
  • 2005-2007 : At the central administration (International Cooperation and Development), Director-General
  • 2007-2009 : Director of the Minister’s Private Office
  • 2009-2014 : Ambassador and Permanent Representative of France to the European Union in Brussels
  • Since 22 August 2014 : French Ambassador to Germany


Officer in the Legion of Honour
Officer in the National Order of Merit

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