The French ministry of foreign affairs gave France-Amérique the confirmation that Philippe Etienne will take up his post in Washington D.C. in September.
Philippe Etienne, diplomatic advisor to Emmanuel Macron and a former ambassador to Germany, has been chosen to succeed Gérard Araud, who retired on April 19 of this year. He will begin his role after the G7 Summit held from August 25 through 27 in Biarritz in Southwest France.
The position of cultural counselor in New York, which reports to the embassy, will be filled by Gaëtan Bruel, a former teaching fellow of French at Columbia University and advisor to the French minister of foreign affairs. He is an expert on the Americas, cultural diplomacy, and La Francophonie. Bruel will succeed Bénédicte de Montlaur, who has occupied the post in New York since April 2015.