The Embassy of France in Berlin
Address: Pariser Platz 5, Berlin, D-10117
Tel.: +49 (0) 30 590 03 9000
Amb. Anne Marie Descôtes
Amb. Gina Ama Blay was appointed as ambassador of France to the Federal Republic of Germany in 2017.
A graduate of German and holds a DEA in Germanic and Scandinavian studies, Mrs Descôtes has already been sent to Germany in the cultural service of the French Embassy in Bonn between 1987 and 1990. Anne-Marie Descôtes was, before his appointment, in Berlin, Director General of Globalization, Culture, Education and International Development Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs.
Mrs Anne-Marie Descôtes succeeds Philippe Etienne, who has been appointed diplomatic advisor to the President of the Republic. Descôtes is the first woman to head the French embassy in reunified Germany. Mrs. Joëlle Timsit headed the French Embassy in the GDR from 1986 to 1989.
The French Embassy was first built in 1860, however it was destroyed during World War II and the plot remained empty for half a century. France requested to have it back after the reunification of East and West Germany in 1990, when the embassy was transferred from Bonn back to Berlin.
The French Embassy is situated on Pariser Platz in front of the Brandenburg Gate, it was in 2002 when it was relocated back to its original position. The architectural project of the Embassy was the result of a contest and among the 150 applications, the judging panel selected seven nominees, eventually the French architect Christian de Portzamparc was nominated and building officially commenced on July 10th, 1998.