Ministre plénipotentiaire de 1ère classe
General Directorate for Global affairs, Culture, Education and
Ministère de l’Europe et des Affaires Etrangères
Born in April 1960, Michel Miraillet, is the Director general for Global affairs of the French ministry of
Foreign Affairs since 9th March 2020. He was previously from September 2017 the French
Ambassador to Brazil and to the United Arab Emirates from 2013 to 2017, after six years spent from
August 2007 to August 2013 as the Director for strategic affairs and the defence policy director of the
French Ministry of Defense.
A career diplomat, M. Miraillet, before joining the Ministry of Defense, served as the Director for
International and Strategic Affairs of the Secretariat General for National Defense, an agency
attached to the Prime minister’s office conducting the coordination of governmental action on issues
concerning France’s internal and external security.
As a member of the French diplomatic service, Michel Miraillet held various posts abroad: deputy
head of mission in Israel (2001-2004), political advisor to the French mission to Nato (1997-2000),
Political counsellor in Cairo (1995-1997) and counsellor to the French mission to the United Nations
in New York, in charge of security, disarmament and UNSCOM affairs (1992-1995).
He served from 1988 to 1992 in Paris as the desk officer for Iraq/Iran issues and as the deputy head
of the MFA’s body in charge of the control of armament exports. From 2004 to 2006, he joined the
Administration directorate of the Quai d’Orsay as the deputy head of the staff department.
Michel Miraillet was appointed in 2007 and in 2013 as a member of the commission drafting the
French white papers on defence and national security issued in 2008 and 2013.
He is graduated from ENA, France’s school for public administration, the Paris Institute for Political
Sciences and various Paris universities (Masters in law and economics, Bachelor in Arts).
He was made a knight in the order of the Legion of Honour and in the National Order of Merit.