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Discovering the Mission

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1. Overview of the Mission Retour à la table des matières

What is the role of France’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations?

The French Mission represents France at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The diplomats monitor the activities of the UN, each according to their own fields of expertise. They report on these activities to the French authorities. They relay and defend France’s positions. They make certain that these are taken into account during negotiations, notably in collaboration with our European partners.

Who works at the mission?

Almost 80 people, including 30 diplomats, are employed at the Mission. They are led by the Permanent Representative, who is assisted by the Deputy Permanent Representative. The Mission in New York also includes an Economic Section responsible for assisting French companies with the UN tendering process and a Military Section which liaises between the Military Division of the UN Secretariat’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the French military authorities. They report respectively to the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry and the Ministry of Defense.

The Mission also receives the support of additional diplomats at the start of each session of the General Assembly between September and December. This team of “reinforcements,” led by the Secretary General of the French Delegation to the General Assembly, monitors the general debate of the General Assembly and the various tasks of the committees, as well as welcoming parliamentarians. The Mission also offers student internships.

What would be a typical day for a French diplomat at the Mission?

Diplomats at the Mission represent France at the Security Council, at the General Assembly and its six Committees, at the Economic and Social Council and its subsidiary organs, and at the funds and programs based in New York (UNICEF, UNPD, UNFPA, etc.). After taking part in the short daily morning meeting at the Mission, they spend most of their working day at the UN offices or in those of the European Union where the delegations of the EU countries harmonize their positions in preparation for defending their joint positions. Following these meetings they report on developments in the negotiations to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and request instructions using encrypted correspondence.

View from the French Mission

2. Meeting the diplomats Retour à la table des matières

Is it possible to visit the Mission?

Every year, the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations welcomes groups from schools and universities wishing to learn about the role and operation of the French Mission to the United Nations.

How should participants prepare for a visit?

In order to get the most from their visit, participants should be well prepared for the visit. Members of the group are therefore asked to consult the various pages of this website and to prepare their questions based on the topics that they would like to address.

Contact: To request a visit to the Mission, please contact Mrs Marjolaine Brée (

3. Social media Retour à la table des matières

Check out the French Mission’s activities on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

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4. Internships Retour à la table des matières

Is it possible to do an internship at the Mission?

Yes, the Mission recruits interns every year for periods ranging from 2 to 6 months. Internships can be offered by various departments at the Mission.

What is the application procedure?

All internship opportunities and requirements can be found on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International development website in the section on “Employment, Internships and Competitive Exams.”

What are the requirements?

The requirements are specified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International development and can be found on its website.

Is it possible to do an internship at the UN?

Every year, the UN provides opportunities for internships of varying durations. All details and internship opportunities can be found on the United Nations website.

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