Hubert Védrine in 2006
|Minister of Foreign Affairs|
4 June 1997 - 6 May 2002
|Hervé de Charette|
|Dominique de Villepin|
|Secretary General to the President|
17 May 1991 - 17 May 1995
|Dominique de Villepin|
|Spokesperson of the President|
24 May 1988 - 17 May 1991
|Diplomatic advisor of the President|
24 May 1981 - 23 May 1998
|Born||31 July 1947|
|Alma mater||Sciences Po, ÉNA|
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.
Hubert Védrine has been one of the longest-serving aid to a President of France, working closely with President Mitterrand for 14 years from 1981 to 1995. Védrine served first as President Mitterrand's diplomatic advisor (French equivalent of the National Security Advisor) from 1981 to 1988, then as President Mitterrand's spokesperson from 1988 to 1991, and finally as Secretary-General of the French presidency (equivalent of the White House Chief of Staff) from 1991 to 1995.
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.
In 2003, Védrine founded Hubert Vedrine Conseil, a consulting firm.
In 2005, he was appointed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, a member of the High Council for the Alliance of Civilizations, an initiative that seeks to galvanize international action against extremism through intercultural and interreligious dialogue and cooperation.
He took part in 2007 on the committee preparing the Paris Conference on the Environment to lay the foundations for a future United Nations Environment Organization.
Védrine is the author of more than 19 books, two of them having been translated in English by Philipp Gordon: France in an age of globalization, co-authored with Dominique Moisi (publisher: Brookings Institution Press, 2001) and History strikes back : how states, nations, and conflicts are shaping the twenty-first century (publisher: Brookings Institution Press, 2008), co-authored with Adrien Abecassis and Mohamed Bouabdallah.
Around the 2017 elections, news media reported that later President Emmanuel Macron sought regularly the advice of Védrine on foreign policy issues. In 2020, he was appointed by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to join a group of experts to support his work in a reflection process to further strengthen NATO's political dimension.
In February 2020, Védrine joined around fifty former European prime ministers and foreign ministers in signing an open letter published by British newspaper The Guardian to condemn U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan, saying it would create an apartheid-like situation in occupied Palestinian territory.