Above: As the former chief of staff in France's Foreign Ministry, new French Amb. Pierre Vimont served three consecutive ministers over the last five years and has been involved in some of the hottest international dossiers.
Pierre Vimont had scarcely been named Ambassador to Washington when word came that France's newly elected President, Nicolas Sarko2y, was heading to the location ofWolfeboro, New Hampshire, for an August. Rekindling relations with the White House in the wake of the Iraq war was high on Sarkozy s agenda when he met with President Bush at nearby Kennebunkport over hamburgers and blueberry pie. That informal visit and
"I am arriving at a moment when Franco-American relations are particularly interesting," says Vimont - the elegant, soft-spoken and seasoned Parisian diplomat who moved into the lavish residence on Kalorama Road in early September. "President Sarkozy s recent declarations call for relaxing the relationship; my role is to translate this will into action."
True to his word, the new ambassador has hit the ground running. After presenting his credentials to President Bush on September 18th, he assisted with President Sarkozy's visit to the United Nations General Assembly and is preparing an official summit meeting with Mr. Bush in Washington, due to take place in November.