Catherine Colonna (born 16 April 1956) is a French diplomat and political figure. Since September 2019, she has been the Ambassador of France to the United Kingdom, operating from the Embassy of France, London.
|Ambassador of France to the United Kingdom|
|Assumed office |
2 September 2019
|Preceded by||Jean-Pierre Jouyet|
|Ambassador of France to Italy|
|Preceded by||Alain Le Roy|
|Succeeded by||Christian Masset|
|Permanent Representative of France to UNESCO|
26 March 2008 – 22 December 2010
|Minister for European Affairs|
2 June 2005 – 15 May 2007
|Prime Minister||Dominique de Villepin|
|Preceded by||Claudie Haigneré|
|Succeeded by||Jean-Pierre Jouyet|
|Born||16 April 1956|
|Political party||The Republicans|
|Alma mater||University of Tours|
École nationale d'administration
Colonna was the Ambassador of France to Italy between 2014 and 2017.
Early life and educationEdit
Career in the diplomatic serviceEdit
In 1983, Colonna opted for a diplomatic career and was appointed at the French embassy in the USA, first in the political department, then in the press and information department.
Upon her return to Paris, Colonna was entrusted with European law at the Legal Affairs Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1986 to 1988. In 1988, she became a technical advisor in Minister of Public Works Maurice Faure's cabinet, under the presidency of François Mitterrand. In 1989, shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall, she joined the Analysis and Forecasting Centre at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she was put in charge of European affairs. She later became spokeswoman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1990, in the department of Communication and Information, a position she kept for five years.
In 1993, Minister of Foreign Affairs Alain Juppé and Cabinet Director Dominique de Villepin named Colonna deputy spokesperson. Two years later, in May 1995, President Jacques Chirac appointed her spokeswoman for the Élysée Palace. For the following nine years, she served as the official voice of the French Republic's Presidency, then left office to work as Director General of the National Center of Cinematography (CNC) in September 2004.
Following the European Constitution referendum Colonna returned to diplomacy, being appointed Minister Delegate for European Affairs in the new government formed by Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin on 2 June 2005. She remained in position for two years, until 15 May 2007. From autumn 2007 until summer 2008, Colonna participated in the Commission on the White Paper on Foreign and European policy of France, led by Alain Juppé.
On 26 March 2008, Colonna was appointed French ambassador to UNESCO.
Career in the private sectorEdit
In December 2010, Colonna decided to join the international financial communications firm Brunswick.
Return to the diplomatic serviceEdit
Colonna was appointed as French Ambassador to Rome on 14 August 2014.
- France: Officer of the Legion of Honour
- France: Officer of the National Order of Merit
- France: Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
- Fondation Chirac's board of directors
- French section of the Franco-British Council Archived 2012-05-01 at the Wayback Machine
- Ecole du Louvre, Board of governors
- "Nouvelle recrue de poids chez Brunswick Paris", Les Échos
- https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do;jsessionid=?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000029374929&dateTexte=&oldAction=dernierJO&categorieLien=id[bare URL]
- "Resolución N° 1212/997". www.impo.com.uy. Retrieved 2020-11-27.
- "Le onorificenze della Repubblica Italiana".
- Media related to Catherine Colonna at Wikimedia Commons