Anne-Claire Legendre was named French Ambassador to Kuwait in September of 2020. Previously, she served as Consul General of France in New York, a position she held from 2016 to September 2020. She was the first woman to hold this position. As Consul General, Ms. Legendre was in charge of promoting the influence and appeal of France across the tri-state area of New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey, as well as Bermuda. She served a community of 80,000 French citizens, whose vitality actively contributed to the visibility of France in the United States.
A native of Brittany, Anne-Claire Legendre graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, and holds degrees from Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (in Arabic) and the University of Sorbonne-Nouvelle in Paris (in modern languages and literature).
She previously served at the French embassy in Yemen in 2005-2006, before joining the Direction of the French Abroad at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she contributed to developing consular cooperation between member states from the European Union.
From 2008 to 2010, she was in charge of bilateral relations with Algeria as part of the Direction of North Africa and the Middle East. She was then appointed to the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations, where she served under the current French Ambassador to the United States, Mr. Gérard Araud, until 2013. As the Arab Spring upheavals placed the Middle East at the center of attention, she supervised negotiations on Syria, Lebanon, Israel-Palestine, and Iraq, at the Security Council of the United Nations.
In 2013, she was called to the cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Mr. Laurent Fabius, where she served as Advisor on North Africa and the Middle East.