H.E. Mr. Christophe Penot, Ambassador of France to Australia
Since June 2017: French ambassador in Australia
2014-2017 : French ambassador in Malaysia
2010-2014 : Director, Properties and Investment, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Paris
2005-2010 : Minister-counsellor, DHOM, French Embassy, Tokyo
2003-2005 : First counsellor, DHOM, French Embassy, Ottawa
2000-2003: seconded to the Préfecture de région Rhone-Alpes, Lyon, as special adviser to the Préfet de région for international cooperation.
1996-2000: political Counsellor, French Embassy, London.
1995-1996: one year secondment to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London (Security Policy Department, OSCE section).
1991-1995: First secretary, Head of press and information Department, French Embassy, Tokyo.
1988-1991: Protocol officer at the French Presidency (Elysée), Paris.
1986-1988: Desk officer (India), Asia and Pacific affairs Directorate, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Paris.
1983-1986: Second secretary, French Embassy, Hanoi.
January 1983: joins the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Born in Paris September 1955
Married to Yukimi SAITO.
English Chinese, Japanese
Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Mérite (Knight of the National Order of Merit), 2005
Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honor), 2012