Jacques Huntzinger

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Jacques Gabriel Huntzinger is a former French ambassador to Israel, Estonia (1991-1994),[1] and Macedonia (1996-1999),[2] and has served as an ambassador at large for the Mediterranean Union and the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research. Huntzinger was born on 8 Jan 1943 in the Paris suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt. He was a member of the Socialist Party in the 1980s.[3] From February 1983 to September 1985, Huntzinger was a vice president of the Confederation of Socialist Parties of the European Community and chair of its manifesto working group.[4] During the 1980s, he was also instrumental in transitioning the French Socialist Party from a disarmament to an anti-totalitarian position.[5]

During the late 1990s, Huntzinger was the French ambassador to Macedonia and was heavily involved in international efforts to address various Balkan issues, including the Kosovo War.[6]

At the request of François Mitterrand, Huntzinger organized initial "Mediterranean Forums" for non-governmental entities from Algeria, France, Italy, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, and Tunisia. These forums were held during February 1988 (Marseilles) and May 1989 (Tangier) and resulted in the creation of the 5+5 Dialogue of the Western Mediterranean Forum for foreign ministers from Algeria, France, Italy, Libya, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, and Tunisia. Huntzinger was instrumental in organizing the first 5+5 Dialogue held in 1990. This effort was dampened by the Gulf War, Algerian Civil War and the Lockerbie and UTA airplane bombings,[7] but the 5+5 Dialogue has recovered to become a significant regional forum. Huntzinger also coordinated the Mediterranean Cultural Forum in 2008 and engaged in numerous other efforts to encourage dialogue among Mediterranean constituents.[8][9]

Jacques Huntzinger currently serves as president of the Lyrique en Mer/Festival de Belle Île.

Jacques Huntzinger is the great-nephew of Charles Huntzinger, the French general who negotiated the 1940 armistice with Germany.


  1. ^ "Estonia and France Bilateral Relations". Tallinn: Estonian Foreign Ministry. 
  2. ^ "Liste chronologique des ambassadeurs" [Chronological List of Ambassadors] (in French). République Française. 25 Sep 2010. Retrieved 5 Oct 2012. 
  3. ^ Golan, Avirama (14 Jul 2002). "The French connection". Haaretz. 
  4. ^ Hix, Simon; Lesse, Urs (2002), Shaping a Vision, A History of the Party of European Socialists 1957 - 2002, Brussels, Belgium: Party of European Socialists, retrieved 5 Oct 2012 
  5. ^ Bacher, John (Jun–Jul 1986). "How Socialist France Embraced the Bomb". Peace Magazine 2 (3): 13. Retrieved 5 Oct 2012. "Later in 1981, Neiertz was replaced by Jacques Huntzinger, one of the few Socialist Party members familiar with nuclear weapons strategy and arms control. Huntzinger had defended the French nuclear force in an article written three years before Mitterrand's election. He moved the Socialist Party doctrine toward concern with "restoring deterrence."" 
  6. ^ Krieger, Heike, ed. (2001). The Kosovo Conflict and International Law: An Analytical Documentation 1974-1999. Cambridge International Documents 11. Cambridge University Press. p. 394. ISBN 9780521800716. Retrieved 5 Oct 2012. 
  7. ^ Bonora-Waisman, Camille (2003). France and the Algerian conflict: issues in democracy and political stability, 1988-1995. Leeds Studies in Democratization 5. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p. 149. ISBN 1840147512. Retrieved 18 Apr 2013. 
  8. ^ Behr, Timo (April 2009). France, Germany and Europe's Middle East Dilemma: The Impact of National Foreign Policy Traditions on Europe's Middle East Policy (dissertation, Johns Hopkins University). Ann Arbor, MI: ProQuest. pp. 118–120. ISBN 9781109131314. Retrieved 5 Oct 2012. 
  9. ^ Balta, Paul (2009), Cultural Dialogue in the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, European Institute of the Mediterranean, p. 293