United States Ambassador to France

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Ambassador of the United States to France
Ambassadeur des États-Unis en France
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Uzra Zeya
(Chargé d'affaires)

since January 20, 2017
Residence Hôtel de Pontalba
Nominator The President of the United States
Inaugural holder Benjamin Franklin
as Envoy
Formation 1778
Website U.S. Embassy – Paris

The United States Ambassador to France is the official representative of the President of the United States to the head of state of France. There has been a U.S. Ambassador to France since the American Revolution. The United States sent its first envoys to France in 1776, towards the end of the four-centuries-old Bourbon dynasty. The American diplomatic relationship with France has continued throughout that country's five republican regimes, two periods of French empire, the Bourbon Restoration, and its July Monarchy. After the Battle of France, the United States maintained diplomatic relations with Vichy France until France severed them on the date Operation Torch was launched in November 1942; the Embassy was reopened December 1944.[1]

United States Representatives in Paris

United States Envoys to France

Benjamin Franklin
John Adams

United States Ministers Plenipotentiary to France

Thomas Jefferson
Robert R. Livingston
James Monroe

United States Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to France

During the French Third Republic:

See also


  1. ^ David McCullough, The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, Simon & Schuster, 2011, ISBN 978-1-4165-7176-6
  2. ^ "Ambassadors and Chiefs of Mission – FAQs – About Us – Office of the Historian". 
  3. ^ Knowlton, Brian (August 16, 2009). "New U.S. Envoy Takes Up Post". The New York Times. Retrieved August 31, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Ambassador Charles Rivkin permanently departed post on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 following his nomination by President Obama to serve as Assistant Secretary of the State Department's Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs". Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Our Charge D'Affairs Ad Interim". US Embassy to France. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Department of State website http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/index.htm (Background Notes).

External links

  • United States Embassy in Paris official site
  • United States Department of State: France
  • United States Department of State: Chiefs of Mission for France
  • United States Department of State: Background notes on France
  • Interview with 1984 U.S. Ambassador to France from the Dean Peter Krogh Foreign Affairs Digital Archives
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