Helene LE GAL is a French career diplomat.

She has been designated as the French Ambassador in Israel in August 2016.

Her experience focuses on conflicts and international security, African affairs,

European Affairs, Middle East, defense issues, development and consular affairs.

After the French presidential election of May 2012, she has been appointed

Counsellor of the President of the French Republic, François HOLLANDE, for Africa.

In this position, she was an important actor in the French initiatives concerning the

Sahel region, CAR, and Lake Chad Basin.

Previously, she spent half of her 28 years of experience dealing with African Affairs

(at the French Embassy in Ouagadougou, at the African Affairs Department of the

Quai d’Orsay, and at the private office of a Minister for Developpment).

She is experienced in European Affairs (she has been posted at the French Embassy

in Madrid and at the French Permanent Representation to the European Union in


She has been already posted four years at the French Embassy in Israel

(1994-1998). She was following political affairs and the peace process.

She was also Consul General in Quebec, Canada.

Helene LE GAL has been awarded by the Ordre National du Merite and the Legion d’Honneur in France and has also received the highest honors in Mali, Senegal, Niger and Guinee.

She speaks French, English and Spanish with notions of Hebrew.

She graduated at the Political Studies Institute of Paris.

Ambassador Helene Le Gal

Ambassador of the Republic of France to Israel

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