The Embassy of France in the United States is headed by the Ambassador Philippe Etienne. The Embassy’s efforts are bolstered by its many Departments and Consulates in New York, Boston, Miami, New Orleans, Houston, Chicago, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco and Atlanta.
The Embassy of France in Washington, DC, is the largest French diplomatic mission in the world.
The current building was constructed in the early 1980s. An architectural competition was held in 1975 to determine the building’s design. The winner was André Remondet (b.1908), a graduate of the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts and George Washington University who holds the title of Chief Architect of Public Buildings. The Embassy was built between May 1982 and December 1984.
The Ambassador is supported in his mission by a number of different departments. Here are the main ones.
- Press and Communication Office
- Finance and Administrative Department
- Real Estate and Civil Engineering Regional Office
- La Maison Française
- Paymaster General
- Office of the Defense Attaché
- Homeland Security Office
- Justice Attaché
- Department of Treasury and Economic Affairs
- Department of Ecology, Sustainable Development, Energy and Transportation
- Department of Agriculture
- Taxation office
- Customs Office
- Health, Welfare and Labor Office
- Cultural Services
- National Coordination Alliance Française USA
- Office for Science and Technology
- Office for Nuclear Affairs
- CNRS Office
- CNES Office
Since 2009, the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. has led an ambitious program to reduce its energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
The “Green Embassy” project takes significant steps to make the French Embassy greener by targeting transportation, energy usage, waste management, water, consumption, shipping, and more.