Adolphe Colrat

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Adolphe Colrat
High Commissioner of the Republic in French Polynesia
In office
July 7, 2008 – January 7, 2011
Preceded by Anne Bouquet
Succeeded by Alexandre Rochatte (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1955-04-25) 25 April 1955 (age 62)
Lyon, France
Nationality French
Alma mater École Normale Supérieure
Sciences Po, ÉNA

Adolphe Colrat (born 15 April 1955 in Lyon) is a French civil servant who served as the French High Commissioner of the Republic in French Polynesia from 2008 to 2011. He succeeded Anne Boquet in the post.

Early life[edit]

Colrat is a graduate of the École normale supérieure (rue d'Ulm), agrégé de lettres classiques, graduate of the Institut d'études politiques de Paris and of the National School of Public Administration (France) (ENA).[1]


Colrat held the post of chief of staff for the French police commissioner in Réunion, a French overseas department in the Indian Ocean, from 1983 until 1985.[2] He served as the prefecture secretary general in Réunion beginning in 1992.[2]

Colrat served as the head of civil protection at the Prefecture of the French capital, Paris from April 2001 until February 2004.[1] He served as the Prefect of the Ardennes department from 2004 until 2006.[1]

Colrat later became temporary director of political, administrative and financial affairs at the French Ministry for Overseas Territories for two years from August 2006 until 2008.

High Commissioner of the Republic in French Polynesia[edit]

Colrat was appointed High Commissioner of the Republic in French Polynesia by the Sarkozy government in June 2008.[1] His predecessor, Anne Boquet, departed French Polynesia on June 29, 2008, after serving three years as the first female High Commissioner.[2]

He arrived in French Polynesia with his wife on Saturday night of July 5, 2008, to assume his position as High Commissioner.[1][2] Colrat was greeted at the Faa'a International Airport in Papeete by French Polynesian President Gaston Tong Sang, members of the Assembly of French Polynesia and other local Tahitian-based politicians.[1] His welcoming ceremony included traditional Tahitian singers and tamure dancers and a presentation of garlands made from tiare flowers.[1]

Adolphe Colrat was sworn in as High Commissioner of the Republic in French Polynesia on Monday, July 7, 2008 when he was 53 years old.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "New French High Commissioner Arrives In Papeete". Oceania Flash. Pacific Magazine (cache). 2008-07-07. Retrieved 2009-01-25. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d e "New French High Commissioner Takes Tahiti Post". Tahitipresse. East-West Center. 2008-07-07. Archived from the original on January 26, 2016. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Anne Bouquet
High Commissioner of the Republic in French Polynesia
Succeeded by
Alexandre Rochatte