Hubert Védrine

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Hubert Védrine
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Hubert Védrine in 2006
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
4 June 1997 – 6 May 2002
Prime MinisterLionel Jospin
Preceded byHervé de Charette
Succeeded byDominique de Villepin
Secretary General to the President
In office
17 May 1991 – 17 May 1995
PresidentFrançois Mitterrand
Preceded byJean-Louis Bianco
Succeeded byDominique de Villepin
Spokesperson of the President
In office
24 May 1988 – 17 May 1991
PresidentFrançois Mitterrand
Preceded byMichèle Gendreau-Massaloux
Succeeded byJean Musitelli
Personal details
Born (1947-07-31) 31 July 1947 (age 72)
Saint-Silvain-Bellegarde, France
Alma materSciences Po, ÉNA

Hubert Védrine (born 31 July 1947 in Saint-Silvain-Bellegarde, Creuse) is a French Socialist politician. He is an advisor at Moelis & Company.


Following a history degree and graduating from both Sciences Po and ENA, Védrine had toyed with the idea of entering journalism but, on the advice of the historian and family friend Jean Lacouture, instead took a post at the culture ministry.[1]

As diplomatic adviser of President Mitterrand, Védrine served as secretary-general of the presidency from 1991 to 1995, then as Foreign Minister in the government of Lionel Jospin from 1997 to 2002.[2]

After the reelection of Jacques Chirac in May 2002, Védrine was replaced by Dominique de Villepin. All three men were characterised by their strong opposition to unilateral action by the United States in Iraq. Védrine popularized the neologism hyperpower to describe what he saw as the historically unparalleled influence and might held by the United States at the turn of the century.[3]

Later career[edit]

In 2003, Védrine founded Hubert Vedrine Conseil, a consulting firm. Around the 2017 elections, news media reported that later President Emmanuel Macron sought the advice of Védrine on foreign policy issues.[4]

In 2017, his direct implication in the Rwandan genocide was made public by journalists: "Hubert Védrine, former secretary-general of l'Elysée (French presidency) under François Mitterrand, gave direct orders to re-arm the former Rwandan army and Interahamwe militia who executed the massacres, despite the arms embargo."[5]

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Védrine was awarded Grand Cross with Star of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland (2000).[10]


  1. ^ Man of the minutiae European Voice, July 23, 1997.
  2. ^ a b "United Nations – Alliance of Civilizations – Mr. Hubert Védrine (France)". Alliance of Civilizations. Archived from the original on 6 July 2009. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  3. ^ "To Paris, U.S. Looks Like a 'Hyperpower'". The New York Times. 5 February 1999. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  4. ^ Ben Judah (May 8, 2017), Emmanuel Macron’s foreign policy doctrine(s) Politico Europe.
  5. ^
  6. ^ Amundi creates a Global Advisory Board with world-renowned experts in global economic and political issues Amundi, press release of May 31, 2016.
  7. ^ International Advisory Board Richard Attias and Associates.
  8. ^ Board of Directors LVMH.
  9. ^ Board of Directors Rencontres d'Arles.
  10. ^ [1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Hervé de Charette
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Dominique de Villepin