|Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations|
10 September 2009
|Preceded by||Jean-Maurice Ripert|
|Ambassador of France to Israel|
|Preceded by||Jacques Gabriel Huntzinger|
|Succeeded by||Jean-Michel Casa|
|Born||1953 (age 59–60)
|Alma mater||Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris
École nationale d'administration
École nationale de la statistique et de l'administration économique
Gérard Araud (born February 20, 1953) is the Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations. Before that he was Director General for Political and Security Affairs of the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, also known as Quai d’Orsay.
Gérard Araud was born in Marseille and graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, the École nationale d'administration, the École polytechnique and the École nationale de la statistique et de l'administration économique and joined the diplomatic corps in 1982.
His first posting was at the Embassy of France in Tel Aviv as First Secretary, from 1982 to 1984. He was then assigned to Paris, at the Analysis and Policy Planning Staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he was responsible for Middle East issues. From 1987 to 1991 he was Counselor at the Embassy of France in Washington, where he was also responsible for Middle East issues. He was Assistant Director of European Community Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1991 to 1993 and became Diplomatic Advisor to the French Minister of Defense François Léotard in 1993.
Gérard Araud joined the French delegation to the North Atlantic Council (NATO) in Brussels in 1995 as Deputy Permanent Representative. He became Director for Strategic Affairs, Security and Disarmament at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2000. He was Ambassador of France to Israel from 2003 to 2006.
In September 2006, Gérard Araud was appointed Director General for Political Affairs and Security, Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On 15 July 2009, he was appointed Permanent Representative of France to the Security Council and Head of the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations. He presented his credentials to Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General, on 10 September 10, 2009. He was the President of the Security Council in February 2010, May 2011 and August 2012.
- Official biography on the website of the French Permanent Mission to the United Nations
- «New Permanent Representative of France Presents Credentials», Communiqué of the UN Department of Public Information, 10 September 2009