As you will have understood by now, the French Foreign Ministry’s blog is designed to shed a little light on diplomacy. This is due to a simple observation on our part: the French know what teachers, doctors and firefighters do, but not really what the business of diplomats is.
"How about a trip to Korea next week? A delegation of veterans from the French Battalion of the UN is travelling there on a commemorative trip." As a desk officer responsible for the Korean peninsula, like many of my colleagues I had been busy for several months with the French Presidency of the European Union, monitoring European-Chinese relations.
One of a diplomat’s missions is to try to understand the country to which they have been posted, so once the Ministry had confirmed that I was to be sent to Hong Kong back in 2005, I headed for the mine of information that is the Quai d’Orsay library...
"Lorris, are you up to date with your vaccinations?" “Perfect", said the boss. “You’re off to Bamako on a press relations backup mission. Our colleagues need you in Mali!”