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New government: Catherine Colonna assures diplomats of "all her confidence"

2022-05-21T16:34:05.599Z

The former ambassador to London appointed to Foreign Affairs arrives in a ministry plagued by unease due to a reform providing for the end of the prestigious diplomatic corps by 2023.



The new Minister of Foreign Affairs, Catherine Colonna, assured the diplomats on Saturday of all her "

confidence

" at a time when the Quai d'Orsay is going through a crisis, during the handover of power with her predecessor Jean-Yves Le Drian, warmly praised by his teams.

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In a brief speech, Catherine Colonna, former ambassador in London, addressed the diplomats: “

my message is clear.

We need each and every one of you.

You can count on me to never forget who I am or where I come from, you have my full confidence

,” she said.

Catherine Colonna, career diplomat, renowned for her professionalism, arrives in a ministry plagued by unease due to a reform providing for the end of the prestigious diplomatic corps by 2023. A call for a strike has been launched for the 2 June by six unions and a group of 400 young diplomats.

"

Let's all get to work together

," she told her teams in a speech where she did not mention the international crises.

Le Drian settles accounts with the Australian Prime Minister

She assured that she would carry out her mission with "

humility, determination and conviction

", and expressed all her "

recognition

" and her "

deep esteem

" for her predecessor Jean-Yves Le Drian, in office for ten years, five years at La Défense and five years at the Quai d'Orsay.

You have been a very great minister

,” she told him.

The latter, moved, spoke of the crises he had faced, the war in Ukraine, Brexit, the jihadist threat, and a world "

in the process of brutalization

".

"

It is with great emotion that I am about to leave this beautiful house

," he said, very warmly and applauded for a long time by the staff present at the handover.

Read also“His defeat suits me very well”: Le Drian takes advantage of his handover speech to settle accounts with the Australian Prime Minister

In his farewell speech, Jean-Yves Le Drian allowed himself the luxury of sending a scathing message to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, defeated in the legislative elections on Saturday.

This defeat “

suits me very well

”, declared Jean-Yves Le Drian, castigating the “

cynicism

”, the “

brutality

” and the “

incompetence

” at the origin of a masterful diplomatic quarrel between Paris and Canberra.

Scott Morrison broke a gigantic contract for the sale of French submarines last September, preferring Anglo-American nuclear-powered submarines.

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Source: lefigaro

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