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List of ambassadors of Canada to France

Ambassador of Canada to France
Incumbent
Stéphane Dion
since June 1, 2022
SeatEmbassy of Canada, Paris
NominatorPrime Minister of Canada
AppointerGovernor General of Canada
Term lengthAt His Majesty's pleasure
Inaugural holderHector Fabre
FormationJuly 12, 1882


The ambassador of Canada to France (French: Ambassadeur du Canada auprès de la France) is the official representative of the Canadian government to the government of France. The official title for the ambassador is Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to the French Republic (French: Ambassadeur extraordinaire et plénipotentiaire du Canada auprès de la République française). The ambassador of Canada to France is Stéphane Dion who was appointed on the advice of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on May 31, 2022.[1]

The Embassy of Canada is located at 130, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris, France.

History of diplomatic relations

The Canadian ambassador's official residence at 135 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris

The mission in Paris was established in 1882, when Hector Fabre was sent to serve as an "Agent of the Dominion (of Canada)", in the form of a Commissioner.[2] He was accorded no formal diplomatic status, however, as Britain had not accorded Canada the right to establish formal diplomatic relations with foreign states. In 1891, Fabre was succeeded by Senator Philippe Roy as Canada's Agent in France.

Official diplomatic relations between Canada and France were established on January 31, 1928, a legation was established with Philippe Roy continuing on as the first Envoy to France with diplomatic privileges on September 24, 1928.[2] The legation moved from Paris to London on June 24, 1940, following Germany's invasion of France.[2] Canada officially recognized the French Committee of National Liberation on August 27, 1943. Canada officially recognized the Provisional Government of the French Republic on October 23, 1944, and following the Liberation of Paris, Canada's embassy was re-established in Paris on August 24, 1944 with George Philias Vanier as Canada's first Ambassador.[2]

Canada's mission to France is the second-oldest Canadian diplomatic post, the oldest being the Canadian High Commission in London. Technically, however, Paris is Canada's oldest foreign mission, since the diplomatic posting to London was not considered to be a "foreign" mission because Canada was a member of the British Empire.

The official residence of the Canadian ambassador is located at 135 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in the 8th arrondissement of Paris.[3] The building is known as the Hôtel de Rigny and was purchased by the Canadian government in 1950.

List of ambassadors of Canada to France

No. Name Term of office Career Prime Minister nominated by Ref.
Start Date PoC. End Date
Agent of the Dominion (of Canada) to France
1 Hector Fabre
(Commissioner)
July 12, 1882 September 2, 1910 Non-Career John A. Macdonald
(1878-1891)
2 Philippe Roy
(Commissioner General)
May 1, 1911 September 29, 1928 Non-Career Wilfrid Laurier
(1896-1911)
Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary (of Canada) to France
3 Philippe Roy September 24, 1928 September 29, 1928 December 31, 1938 Non-Career W. L. Mackenzie King
(1926-1930 & 1935-1948)
4 George Philias Vanier December 12, 1938 February 21, 1939 September 14, 1940 Career
Pierre Dupuy
(Chargé d'Affaires ad interim)
October 15, 1940 November 9, 1942 Career
George Philias Vanier
(Representative)
November 30, 1942 November 30, 1942 Career
George Philias Vanier
(Representative)
October 1, 1943 January 22, 1944 November 22, 1944 Career
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to France
5 George Philias Vanier November 22, 1944 December 20, 1944 December 31, 1953 Career W. L. Mackenzie King
(1935-1948)
[a]
6 Jean Désy December 17, 1953 January 4, 1954 July 1, 1958 Career Louis St. Laurent
(1948-1957)
7 Pierre Dupuy June 5, 1958 August 19, 1958 December 31, 1963 Career John G. Diefenbaker
(1957-1963)
8 Jules Léger February 20, 1964 June 1, 1964 October 31, 1968 Career Lester B. Pearson
(1963-1968)
9 Paul André Beaulieu September 27, 1968 December 14, 1968 September 16, 1970 Career Pierre Elliott Trudeau
(1968-1979)
10 Léo Cadieux July 24, 1970 October 16, 1970 September 8, 1975 Non-Career
11 Gérard Pelletier September 4, 1975 December 16, 1975 July 17, 1981 Non-Career
12 Michel Dupuy August 20, 1981 September 30, 1981 1985 Career
13 Lucien Bouchard July 4, 1985 September 20, 1985 1988 Non-Career Brian Mulroney
(1984-1993)
14 Claude Talbot Charland August 18, 1988 November 22, 1988 1992 Career
15 Benoît Bouchard June 18, 1993 July 21, 1993 1996 Non-Career
16 Jacques Roy June 3, 1996 July 10, 1996 August 1, 2000 Career Jean Chrétien
(1993-2003)
17 Raymond A.J. Chrétien June 23, 2000 September 12, 2000 November 2003 Career
18 Claude Laverdure September 15, 2003 November 4, 2003 August 30, 2007 Career
19 Marc Lortie June 4, 2007 July 12, 2012 Career Stephen Harper
(2006-2015)
20 Lawrence Cannon May 21, 2012 October 26, 2012 August 7, 2017 Non-Career
21 Isabelle Hudon September 29, 2017 December 18, 2017 July 8, 2021 Non-Career Justin Trudeau
(2015-Present)
22 Stéphane Dion May 31, 2022 October 13, 2022 Non-Career [1]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Canada officially recognized the Provisional Government of the French Republic on October 23, 1944.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b "Orders In Council PC 2022-0568". orders-in-council.canada.ca. Government of Canada. May 31, 2022. Retrieved June 7, 2023.
  2. ^ a b c d e DeLong 2020, p. 37.
  3. ^ The Official Residence - Embassy of Canada in France
Bibliography
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