Christophe Bigot

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(spook, diplomat)
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BornDecember 23, 1965
Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Alma materÉcole Polytechnique, École nationale d'administration
French diplomat and spook. A fierce ’promoter’ of the franco-israeli diplomatic relations, he has held senior positions in the intelligence service DGSE and the ministry's Africa department.

Christophe Bigot is a French spook and diplomat. A former Ambassador to Israel, Bigot is "a fierce ’promoter’ of the franco-israeli diplomatic relation." After Israel, he has held senior positions in the ministry's Africa department.


He is a graduate of the École Polytechnique and the 1992 École nationale d'administration[1]. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1992.

Bigot was posted to the French Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, 1997–2001, Deputy Director of Southern Africa and Indian Ocean, 2001–2004, First Counselor, Deputy Ambassador in Tel Aviv, 2004–2007, Advisor to Bernard Kouchner, the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, between 2007-2009., 2007–2009, in charge of North Africa, Near and Middle East.

He visited Sderot on September 16, 2009, to show solidarity with its residents.

On Tuesday, April 24, 2012, while hiking alone in the Judean desert near Nabi Musa, he was reportedly robbed by two assailants. Bigot complied with their demands and was left stranded though unharmed. He was robbed of his cellphone and wallet.[2]

Since September 2013, by decision of François Hollande, he was put in charge of the strategy department of the French foreign security agency (DGSE). He was succeeded as ambassador by Patrick Maisonnave. "Bigot is a fierce ’promoter’ of the franco-israeli diplomatic relation. He will determine the strategy of the french foreign secret services."[3]

He then became Ambassador to Senegal, and since September 2019, France's special envoy for the Sahel in North Africa.[4]. In 2020 he became leader of the Africa and Indian Ocean Division in the minisrty[5].


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