President of the Bureau of International Expositions (B.I.E.), an intergovernmental organization charged with approving and coordinating universal expositions, since December 2007. Prior to this position, he spent his entire career in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which he joined after graduating from the ENA, in the Department of Cultural Affairs, charged with European relations. His career path is rich and varied, leading him to London before being posted to Iran, Niger, and to the head of the United Nations Department of the Quai d’Orsay. He was French ambassador to Lebanon and to China before becoming secretary general of the French Ministry of foreign Affairs, function he performed until 2006. He was appointed Ambassador of France in 2005.