The Embassy of France in the United States is headed by the Ambassador Gérard Araud. 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
- Office for Cooperation with Civil Society Organisations
- Délégation générale de l’Alliance Française aux Etats-Unis
- Office for Science and Technology
- Office for Nuclear Affairs
- CNRS Office
- CNES Office
In order to follow the directives given by the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs has embarked on a process to set an example with respect to the sustainable development of its activities. As such, the Embassy of France in Washington launched the Green Embassy Project in 2009.