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Hubert Védrine

Hubert Védrine
Hubert Védrine in 2006
French Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
4 June 1997 – 6 May 2002
President Jacques Chirac
Prime Minister Lionel Jospin
Preceded by Hervé de Charette
Succeeded by Dominique de Villepin
Chief of Staff of President of France
In office
President François Mitterrand
Preceded by Jean-Louis Bianco
Succeeded by Dominique de Villepin
Personal details
Born (1947-07-31) 31 July 1947
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.

Diplomatic adviser of President Mitterrand, he 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.[1]

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.[2]

Védrine is a member of UN' Alliance of Civilizations initiative.[1]

He was awarded Grand Cross with Star of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland (2000).[3]


  1. ^ a b "United Nations – Alliance of Civilizations – Mr. Hubert Védrine (France)".  
  2. ^ "'"To Paris, U.S. Looks Like a 'Hyperpower. The New York Times. 5 February 1999. Retrieved 3 March 2010. 
  3. ^ [2]

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