Mr. Bertrand Lortholary took up the post of Consul General of France in New York on September 1, 2012.
Bertrand Lortholary joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after graduating from the Institute of Political Science (Sciences-Po) in Paris, the University of Paris-Dauphine, the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO, studying Chinese), and finally from the National School of Administration (ENA, in the 1997 “Marc Bloch” graduation year). He began his career at the Quai d’Orsay as a member of the Directorate of Africa and the Indian Ocean team, where he mainly followed the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He later joined the Political Affairs General Director’s staff, where he stayed from 1998 to 2001.
His career continued, first in Washington, as an exchange diplomat at the State Department, then at the French Embassy, where he followed Asian and African political matters, between 2002 and 2005. After Washington, he served as a political adviser in Beijing from 2005 to 2008.
From 2008 to 2012, he was the French President’s advisor on Asian and Oceania matters.
Bertrand Lortholary was born in November, 1968. He is married and has three children.