Ambassador Hélène Duchêne

Date of birth: 7 January 1963

Chevalier in the Ordre national de la Légion d’Honneur
Chevalier in the Ordre national du Mérite


  • Former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), Master’s degree in Modern Literature
  • Graduate of the Institute of Political Science
  • Former student of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA), “Liberté-Egalité-Fraternité” Year, 1989


  • 1989-1990 Asia and Oceania Department, French Foreign Ministry
  • 1990-1994 Legal Affairs Department, French Foreign Ministry
  • 1994-1995 Secretariat-General of the Interministerial Committee for European Economic Cooperation
  • 1995-1997 First Secretary, Permanent Representation of France to the European Union, Brussels
  • 1997-1999 Second Counsellor, Permanent Representation of France to the European Union, Brussels
  • 1999-2002 Second Counsellor, Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations, Geneva
  • 2002-2004 Adviser in charge of international and European relations, private office of the French Minister of Culture and Communication
  • 2004-2008 French Deputy Permanent Representative on the North Atlantic Council, Brussels
  • 2008-2013 Director of Mobility and Attractiveness Policy, French Foreign Ministry
  • 2013-2016 Director of Strategic, Security and Disarmament Affairs, French Foreign Ministry
  • 2016-2019 Permanent Representative of France to the North Atlantic Council
  • 2019-2022 Director-General of Administration and Modernization, French Foreign Ministry
  • 2022- French Ambassador to the United Kingdom

-  Consular

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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