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

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
Diplomatic advisor of the President
In office
24 May 1981 – 23 May 1998
PresidentFrançois Mitterrand
Preceded byJacques Blot
Succeeded byJean Musitelli
Personal details
Born (1947-07-31) 31 July 1947 (age 72)
Saint-Silvain-Bellegarde, France
Alma materSciences Po, ÉNA


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]

Hubert Védrine has been one of the longest-serving aid to a President of France, working closely with President Mitterrand for 14 years from 1981 to 1995. Védrine served first as President Mitterrand's diplomatic advisor (French equivalent of the National Security Advisor) from 1981 to 1988, then as President Mitterrand's spokesperson from 1988 to 1991, and finally as Secretary-General of the French presidency (equivalent of the White House Chief of Staff) from 1991 to 1995.

He then served as Foreign Minister of France from 1997 to 2002 in the government of Lionel Jospin.[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 careerEdit

In 2003, Védrine founded Hubert Vedrine Conseil, a consulting firm.

In 2005, he was appointed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, a member of the High Council for the Alliance of Civilizations, an initiative that seeks to galvanize international action against extremism through intercultural and interreligious dialogue and cooperation.

He took part in 2007 on the committee preparing the Paris Conference on the Environment to lay the foundations for a future United Nations Environment Organization.

Védrine is the author more than 19 books, two of them having been translated in English by Philipp Gordon: France in an age of globalization, co-authored with Dominique Moisi (publisher: Brookings Institution Press, 2001) and History strikes back : how states, nations, and conflicts are shaping the twenty-first century (publisher: Brookings Institution Press, 2008), co-authored with Adrien Abecassis and Mohamed Bouabdallah.

Around the 2017 elections, news media reported that later President Emmanuel Macron sought regularly the advice of Védrine on foreign policy issues.[4]

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Védrine was awarded Grand Cross with Star of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland (2000).[11]


  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. ^ Amundi creates a Global Advisory Board with world-renowned experts in global economic and political issues Amundi, press release of May 31, 2016.
  6. ^ International Advisory Board Richard Attias and Associates.
  7. ^ Board of Directors LVMH.
  8. ^ Board of Directors Rencontres d'Arles.
  9. ^ Strategic Committee France China Foundation.
  10. ^ Strategic Committee Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA).
  11. ^ [1]

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