His Excellency Franￃﾧois Delattre was appointed ambassador of the French Republic to the United States in February 2011 following several North American postings. He previously served as ambassador to Canada (2008-2011), consul general in New York (2004-2008), and press and communications director at the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C. (1998-2002). Before becoming the foreign minister"s deputy chief of staff (2002-2004), he monitored defense issues as well as European and transatlantic security concerns, including the Bosnia crisis, as a member of President Jacques Chirac"s foreign policy team (1995-1998). Delattre was responsible for these same portfolios as a staffer for Foreign Minister Alain Juppé (1993-1995), following two years at the Department of Strategic Affairs and Disarmament at the Quai d"Orsay (1991-1993). Earlier in his career, he served at the French Embassy in Bonn, Germany (1989-1991), where he was in charge of environmental issues and Germany"s economic integration following the country"s reunification.