Hubert Védrine

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Hubert Védrine
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Hubert Védrine in 2006
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
4 June 1997 – 6 May 2002
Prime Minister Lionel Jospin
Preceded by Hervé de Charette
Succeeded by Dominique de Villepin
Secretary General to the President
In office
17 May 1991 – 17 May 1995
President François Mitterrand
Preceded by Jean-Louis Bianco
Succeeded by Dominique de Villepin
Spokesperson of the President
In office
24 May 1988 – 17 May 1991
President François Mitterrand
Preceded by Michèle Gendreau-Massaloux
Succeeded by Jean Musitelli
Personal details
Born (1947-07-31) 31 July 1947 (age 71)
Saint-Silvain-Bellegarde, France
Nationality French
Alma mater Sciences Po, ÉNA

Hubert Védrine (born 31 July 1947 in Saint-Silvain-Bellegarde, Creuse) is a French Socialist politician. He is an advisor at Moelis & Company.


Following a history degree and graduating from both Sciences Po and ENA, Védrine had toyed with the idea of entering journalism but, on the advice of the historian and family friend Jean Lacouture, instead took a post at the culture ministry.[1]

As diplomatic adviser of President Mitterrand, Védrine served as secretary-general of the presidency from 1991 to 1995, then as Foreign Minister in the government of Lionel Jospin from 1997 to 2002.[2]

After the reelection of Jacques Chirac in May 2002, Védrine was replaced by Dominique de Villepin. All three men were characterised by their strong opposition to unilateral action by the United States in Iraq. Védrine popularized the neologism hyperpower to describe what he saw as the historically unparalleled influence and might held by the United States at the turn of the century.[3]

Later career[edit]

In 2003, Védrine founded Hubert Vedrine Conseil, a consulting firm. Around the 2017 elections, news media reported that later President Emmanuel Macron sought the advice of Védrine on foreign policy issues.[4]

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Védrine was awarded Grand Cross with Star of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland (2000).[9]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Hervé de Charette
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Dominique de Villepin