Ambassador of France to South Africa Aurélien Lechevallier [fr]
Ambassador Aurélien Lechevallier is France’s Ambassador to South Africa and Lesotho.
A career diplomat, he was born in 1976 in Poitiers (Nouvelle-Aquitaine).
He holds diplomas from HEC business school, the Institute of political sciences in Paris (Institut d’études politiques), and is an alumni of the National School of Administration (Ecole nationale d’administration), promotion "Leopold Sédar Senghor" (2004).
Before his posting to South Africa, Ambassador Lechevallier has held many positions:
- Between 2004 and 2007, he served as Deputy, then Bureau Chief, then advisor to the Director of the International Cooperation and Development at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris.
- Between 2007 and 2008, he was dispatched to the U.S. State Department in Washington.
- From 2008 to 2010, he served as First Secretary at the Embassy of France in the United States of America.
- Between 2010 and 2013, he served as Second Counsellor, Counsellor for Cultural Action and Cooperation, Director of the Beyrouth French Institute at the Embassy of France in Lebanon.
- From 2013 to 2014, he was dispatched to the French Presidency as Diplomatic Counsellor to the Special Envoy for the conservation of the planet of the President of the French Republic.
- Between 2014 and 2016, he was dispatched to the City of Paris as Diplomatic Counsellor and Delegate General for International Relations.
- From January to May 2017, he served as advisor at the Center for Analysis and Policy Planning at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris.
- From 2017 to 2019, he was the Deputy Diplomatic Counsellor to the President of the French Republic, Mr Emmanuel MACRON.
He is married with two children.
He speaks English and Spanish.