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Ambassador Elisabeth Barbier arrived in South Africa in February 2013 to succeed Ambassador Jacques Lapouge as France’s envoy to South Africa. On 6 June 2013, Ambassador Barbier presented her credentials to President Jacob Zuma. Madame Barbier is an experienced diplomat who has already served in South Africa twice, first as a first secretary in Pretoria (1982 – 1986) and then as Consul General in Johannesburg (1994-1998). Her full biography is listed below.


Elisabeth BARBIER was born on 13th September 1954.


  • Diploma (Masters) Institute of Political Studies (Paris)
  • Diploma National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (litt Arabic, Maghreb Arabic dialect, Hebrew)

    Minister plenipotentiary, 1st class
    Diplomatic career:

  • Vice-Consul in Jerusalem, 1977–1979
  • At MFA headquarters, (Nuclear and space issues), Paris, France, 1980-1982
  • First Secretary in Pretoria, South Africa, 1982-1986
  • Second Counsellor in New Delhi, India, 1986-1988
  • Second Counsellor in Rabat, Morocco, 1988-1991
  • At MFA headquarters (Asia and Oceania), head of Pacific sub-division, 1991-1992
  • MFA headquarters (Asia and Oceania) head of South Asia sub-division, 1992-1994
  • Consul General in Johannesburg, South Africa, 1994-1998
  • Deputy Permanent Representative,Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Vienna, Austria, 1998-2003
  • At MFA headquarters, Deputy Director General for Africa and Indian Ocean, Paris, France, 2003-2006
  • Ambassador of France in Kenya 2006-2010
  • Ambassador in charge of the Renegociation of Franco-African Defence Agreements, 2011-2012
  • Director General Africa and Indian Ocean from February 2012

    Honorary distinctions

  • Officer of the National Order of Merit
  • Knight of the Legion of Honour


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