From Messi to Madrid? Amélie de Montchalin may be appointed head of a prestigious embassy, after leaving her position as Minister of Ecological Transitions following her defeat in the legislative elections in Essonne. However, for a few days, the same whisper has been going on in the corridors of the Ministry of External Affairs. Because if the rumor according to which the former Foreign Minister of European Affairs could be appointed France’s ambassador to Rome, has been refuted by a “source familiar with the matter” with a journalist. Opinion This Monday, July 11, another position of the same range may return to him in the Quai d’Orsay.
To the best of our knowledge, Amelie de Montchalin will thus be contacted at the French Embassy in London or Madrid, an appointment that may be confirmed in a future Council of Ministers. “This very idea gives goosebumps to many diplomats in the ministry. It would be really worrying if Emmanuel Macron appoints someone who has no experience in diplomacy, to these prestigious positions. An Experienced Diplomat’s Concerns Marian. Indeed, positions in the G20 or G7 – of which the UK is a member – are in high demand. In these embassies, the nature of the files to be handled is so diverse (immigration, EU, economy, culture, etc.) that the level of responsibility of the ambassador is very high… and requires experience.
According to a diplomat interviewed by Marianne, there are indications that Amelie de Montchalin could become an ambassador to a European country: She said that she wanted to continue to serve the interests of the French people and do politics. Obtaining a position in a country closer to France would allow her to be closer to Paris to continue working on her network And in case the government is dissolved, she will not stay away…”, In addition, since the appointment of the new foreign minister, Catherine Colonna, the position of ambassador to London is still vacant …
A “harmful and unfavorable sign”
And the anger of the diplomats is even more significant as the appointment of Amélie de Montchalin as the head of an embassy would “Harmful and unfavorable signs on the spirit of improvement” A senior official believes Marian. In fact, the former secretary of state in charge of European affairs is at the core of the – much controversial – reform of the senior civil service, which abolished the diplomatic corps.
“It would be very surprising if the main proponent of the reform eventually became the beneficiary. This reform was decided in the name of the division of the administration. There we would appoint a former minister and what else without any diplomatic experience” Assures the diplomat, who, if the rumor was confirmed, would not hide his enmity towards Amelie de Montchalin: “We will certainly cooperate in cold harmony.”
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