Catherine Colonna

French diplomat

Catherine Colonna (born 16 April 1956) is a French diplomat. She is also a person in politics. Since September 2019, she has been the Ambassador of France to the United Kingdom. She works as ambassador from the Embassy of France, London.

Catherine Colonna
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Ambassador of France to the United Kingdom
Assumed office
2 September 2019
MonarchElizabeth II
PresidentEmmanuel Macron
Preceded byJean-Pierre Jouyet
Ambassador of France to Italy
In office
PresidentFrançois Hollande
Emmanuel Macron
Preceded byAlain Le Roy
Succeeded byChristian Masset
French Ambassador to UNESCO
In office
26 March 2008 – 22 December 2010
Minister for European Affairs
In office
2 June 2005 – 15 May 2007
PresidentJacques Chirac
Prime MinisterDominique de Villepin
Preceded byClaudie Haigneré
Succeeded byJean-Pierre Jouyet
Personal details
Born (1956-04-16) 16 April 1956 (age 66)
Tours, France
Nationality France
Political partyclose to The Republicans
Alma materUniversity of Tours
Sciences Po, ÉNA

Before this, she was the Ambassador of France to Italy between 2014 and 2017.


Colonna learnt about law as a child.

In 1983, she chose to become a diplomat instead of doing a job associated with law. She decided to work at the French embassy in the USA. Colonna started working in the political unit. She would move to the press and information unit. After she went back to Paris, she would work in the legal part of Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She did this from 1986 to 1988.

In 1993, Minister of Foreign Affairs Alain Juppé and Cabinet Director Dominique de Villepin named Catherine Colonna deputy spokesperson. This meant she helped represent the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In May 1995, President Jacques Chirac made her the speaker for the Élysée Palace. Colonna would stop her work in diplomacy for a bit after this.

After the European Constitution referendum, she started working on diplomacy again. Colonna was made Minister Delegate for European Affairs on 2 June 2005. She was the Minister for two years, until 15 May 2007.

On 26 March 2008, Catherine Colonna was made the French ambassador to UNESCO.

She also is in-charge the board of leaders of the École du Louvre. She became in-charge in May 2010.[1]

She was made the French ambassador to Italy on 14 August 2014.[2] She would work as the ambassador until 2017. In 2019, she became the French ambassador to the United Kingdom.


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  1. Ecole du Louvre, Board of governors
  3. "Resolución N° 1212/997". Retrieved 2020-11-27.
  4. "Le onorificenze della Repubblica Italiana".