With their access to political and economic decision-makers, our ambassadors can act as advocates for France’s reputation, presenting arguments to encourage foreign investments in the country and giving a helping hand to our exports. They can also act as lobbyists to obtain the lifting of regulatory measures that are a barrier to trade and limit the market access of our goods and services.
An interesting thing is happening among Korean experts in France. People are developing an interest in Korea for its own sake, and not only as a country neighboring Japan and China.
Opposite the ambassador’s office, in the waiting area or the corridor which his visitors pass along, there is usually a portrait gallery of all his predecessors: commenting on the portraits of ambassadors is something of a habit…
We have all heard tales about polyglot diplomats capable of learning a new language in just a few weeks, adding it to a list already too long to count on the fingers of both hands. In truth, such individuals are rare.
During offical dinners, choosing a bottle of wine is not just a question of gastronomy or
cost. A bottle is is a symbol to commemorate an event by adding a historical or cultural touch which can bring great pleasure to foreign guests.