United States Ambassador to France

United States Ambassador to France

Ambassador of the United States to France
Ambassadeur des États-Unis en France
Seal of the United States Department of State
Jane D. Hartley

since October 15, 2014
Residence Hôtel de Pontalba
Appointer Barack Obama
Inaugural holder Benjamin Franklin
as Envoy
Formation 1778
Website U.S. Embassy - Paris

There has been a United States Ambassador to France since the American Revolution. The United States sent its first envoys to France in 1776, towards the end of the four-centuries-old Bourbon dynasty. The American diplomatic relationship with France has continued throughout that country's five republican regimes, two periods of French empire, the Bourbon Restoration, and its July Monarchy. After the Battle of France, the United States maintained diplomatic relations with Vichy France until France severed them on the date Operation Torch was launched in November, 1942; the Embassy was reopened December, 1944.

United States Representatives in Paris

United States Envoys to France

During the Ancien Régime:

Benjamin Franklin
John Adams
Thomas Jefferson
James Monroe

United States Ministers Plenipotentiary to France

During the Ancien Régime:

  • Benjamin Franklin —Appointed Sep 14, 1778; Presented credentials Mar 23, 1779; Termination of mission May 17, 1785
  • Thomas Jefferson—Appointed Mar 10, 1785; Presented credentials: May 17, 1785 – Termination of mission September 26, 1789
  • William Short April 20, 1790 – May 15, 1792

During the First Republic:

Edward Livingston

During the First French Empire:

During the Bourbon Restoration and July Monarchy:

During the Second French Republic:

During the Second French Empire:

United States Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to France

During the French Third Republic:

During Vichy France:

During the French Fourth Republic:

R. Sargent Shriver

During the French Fourth Republic and the French Fifth Republic:

During the French Fifth Republic:

See also


  1. ^ "New U.S. Envoy Takes Up Post" by Brian Knowlton, The New York Times, Aug. 16, 2009. Retrieved 8/31/09.
  2. ^ [1] "Ambassador Charles Rivkin permanently departed post on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 following his nomination by President Obama to serve as Assistant Secretary of the State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs." Retrieved 1/29/14
  3. ^ "Our Charge D'Affairs Ad Interim". US Embassy to France. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 

External links

  • United States Department of State: Chiefs of Mission for France
  • United States Department of State: France
  • United States Embassy in Paris
  • Interview with 1984 U.S. Ambassador to France from the Dean Peter Krogh Foreign Affairs Digital Archives