Ambassador Catherine Colonna French Ambassador to United Kingdom

-  Masters degree in law
-  Advanced diploma in public law
-  Degree from the Institute for Political Studies (Sciences Po)
-  Graduate of the Ecole nationale d’administration, “Solidarite” Year, 1983
-  Ambassadrice de France, dignitaire (2020)

-  Attended the Ecole nationale d’administration, 1981-1983
-  Second Secretary at the French Embassy in Washington, 1983-1986
-  Legal Affairs Directorate, French Foreign Ministry, 1986-1988
-  Adviser to the Ministre d’Etat, Minister of Public Works and Housing, 1988-1989
-  Policy Planning Centre, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1989-1990
-  Press and information office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1993-1995
- Deputy spokesperson, Ministry of Foreign Affairs,1993-1995
-  Spokesperson of the Presidency of the Republic, 1995-2004
-  Director General of the French National Centre for Cinematography (CNC), 2004-2005, VP of the Cannes Festival
-  Minister Delegate for European Affairs, 2005-2007
-  Member of the Foreign Affairs White Paper Committee, chair of the committee on Europe, 2007
-  Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of France to the UNESCO, 2008-2010
-  On leave on personal grounds (Managing Partner, Paris office, Brunswick Group Inc.), 2010-2014
-  Ambassador to Italy, 2014-2017,
-  Ambassador, Permanent Representative of France to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris, 2017-2019.
- Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, since September 2019.

- Officier in the Légion d’honneur
- Officier in the Ordre national du Mérite

Languages spoken
French, English, Italian


France is represented by two Consulates General in the UK, one in London covering England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the other in Edinburgh for Scotland.

The Consulate General acts as Registrar for French nationals resident in the UK: issues them with identity cards and passports, registers their births, deaths and marriages, enters them on the electoral rolls and organizes polling stations for major national elections, draws up notarial acts and ensures the protection of their rights with regards to the British authorities.

It registers young men of French nationality living in the UK who reach the age of 18 and thus may be liable for French national service. In some circumstances, it also gives assistance to French nationals (scholarships, limited and temporary financial help).

It is also responsible for issuing visas pursuant to the Schengen Agreement to persons who require them.

Consulate General in Edinburgh
11, Randolph Crescent
Edinburgh, EH 3 7TT
Tel : 0131 225 7954 | fax : 0131 225 8975
Consulate in Edinburgh

Consulate General in London
21, Cromwell Road – London SW7 2EN
Tel : 020 7073 1200 | fax : 020 7073 1201
Consulate in London

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