Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development of France


Address: 37, quai d’Orsay 75007 PARIS

Tel.: + 33 1 43 17 53 53

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The Minister

Jean-Marc Ayrault

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development


Jean-Marc Ayrault has served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, since February 2016. He was Prime Minister of France between May 2012 and March 2014. 

Between 1989 and 2012 Ayrault was mayor of Nantes, Loire-Atlantique Department. He served as president of the Nantes Métropole Urban Community between 2001 and 2012, and as the National Assembly Deputy for the third constituency of the Loire-Atlantique between 1986 and 1988.

Ayrault was president of the Socialist, Radical, Citizen and Miscellaneous Left group at the National Assembly between 1997 and 2012, and the president of the Agglomération Nantaise district community, between 1992 and 2001. He also served as a member of the Loire-Atlantique Department General Council and mayor of Saint-Herblain, Loire-Atlantique Department. 

Ayrault is a former german teacher, who has a Bachelor’s degree in German and gained a Teaching certification (CAPES) in German. 


Core Priorities

  • Climate change: a priority for the French government since the early 1990s. French climate policy has constantly been stepped up since then. This policy is being implemented at all levels
  • Cultural diplomacy: the Ministry operates a vast network of French cultural departments and establishments abroad, working together to forge close links with local partners in pursuit of clearly defined objectives;
  • Defence and security: better functioning of the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and cyber security, fight against organized crime, terrorism, crisis and conflicts, piracy on the high seas, money laundering and corruption;
  • Development assistance: part of a renewed framework which combines the fight against poverty and the three aspects of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental.
  • Digital diplomacy: a priority of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE), which has implemented numerous initiatives in this area, like digital technology and international issues or digital diplomacy and knowledge management;
  • Disarmament and non-proliferation: France has a special responsibility for maintaining and strengthening international peace and security.
  • Economic diplomacy and foreign trade: a European and international regulatory framework to French companies, trade and global issues, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), investing in France, supporting French businesses abroad, attracting foreign investments to France;
  • Educational corporation: promoting French expertise internationally;
  • Francophony: promoting French around the world;
  • Health, education and gender: education and vocational integration and training;
  • Scientific diplomacy: deploying a policy of innovation to support the international strategies of French firms, encouraging scientists to undertake development research and acquiring the most effective resources to meet the challenges posed by global public goods;
  • Sustainable Development and Environment: French policy on biodiversity, Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development
  • International Justice: international litigation and criminal law.