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Cablegate: Tsunami Reconstruction: France Will Particiape In

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS PARIS 001526

SIPDIS

STATE FOR EB/IFD/ODF (MONSARRAT), EAP AND EUR/WE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAID EFIN FR
SUBJECT: TSUNAMI RECONSTRUCTION: FRANCE WILL PARTICIAPE IN
PRE-HIGH LEVEL MEETING TELECONFERENCE

REF: A. STATE 38823

B. MONSARRAT E-MAILS 4 MARCH AND PREVIOUS
C. MERTEN-ALSUP/MONSARRAT E-MAIL 8 MARCH 2005

1. (U) On 7 March, Econ Chief passed ref A paper and ref B
agenda to Eric Chevalier, deputy to Jean-Claude Mallet, the
newly named Interagency Coordinator for Tsunami Relief.
Chevalier confirmed that Mallet would participate in the
conference call on 9 March. Chevallier welcomed the U.S.
initiative in organizing the call and only noted that the
agenda seemed very focused on U.S. activities and priorities.
He said he hoped that other participants would have a chance
to give their views and highlight their plans.

2. (U) Mallet was recently appointed to this position after
stepping down in 2004 as the Director-General of the SGDN
(General Secretary for National Defense) where he had served
since 1998. In a prior high-profile assignment, Mallet
served as director of the office of strategic affairs (DAS)
at the Ministry of Defense from 1992-98. From 1989-91,
Mallet served as then Interior Minister Pierre Joxe's
international affairs advisor. Mallet holds degrees in law
and literature and graduated from the prestigious National
School of Administration (ENA). He speaks English and
Spanish fluently (full bio passed in ref C).
Leach

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