Francois Gouyette

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(civil servant, diplomat)
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Born17 June 1956
Vincennes, France
Alma materSciences Po, INALCO
Member ofIntegrity Initiative/Cluster/France
French ambassador to Libya during the regime change in 2011. Member of the French cluster of the Integrity Initiative.

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In office
4 September 2020 - Present

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In office
9 September 2016 - 3 September 2020

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In office
24 August 2012 - 8 September 2016

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In office
17 December 2007 - 13 October 2011
During the French-supported regime change

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In office
16 May 2001 - 26 August 2005

Francois Gouyette is a French diplomat, currently serving as Ambassador to Algeria.[1] He was French ambassador to Libya during the regime change in 2011, and member of the French cluster of the Integrity Initiative.


François Gouyette studied at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris. He graduated from INALCO in literary Arabic[2].


His diplomatic career began in 1981 as embassy secretary. He was posted in Tripoli from 1981 to 1983, in Jeddah from 1983 to 1985, in Nicosia from 1985 to 1987.

He was then First Counselor in Damascus from 1990 to 1993[3], Deputy Press Director at the Foreign Ministry at Quai d'Orsay from 1993 to 1996 and First Counselor in Ankara in 1996.

Called to serve from 1997 to 2000 as diplomatic adviser to the office of Interior Minister Jean-Pierre Chevènement, he was appointed ambassador to the United Arab Emirates in 2001[4].

After four years in post in Abu Dhabi, he became ambassador in charge of the Euro-Mediterranean process in August 2005[5]. In December 2007, he was appointed French Ambassador to Libya and took office in early 2008[6].

Shortly after the outbreak of the French-supported revolt against Gaddafi's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, the embassy in Tripoli was closed and the ambassador and his staff were repatriated to France on February 26, 2011. He continued his mission, however, until his replacement in October 2011 by Antoine Sivan.

On August 24, 2012, he was appointed French Ambassador to Tunisia.[7][8]

In September 2016, he became French Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, succeeding Bertrand Besancenot.

On July 29, 2020, he was appointed French Ambassador to Algeria[9]. On September 29, 2021, the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned him to protest against the decision of the French government to reduce by half the number of visas granted to nationals of Morocco and Algeria and by 30% for those of Tunisia.[10][11][12]

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