Outgoing French ambassador to Cambodia Eva Nguyen Binh has been appointed President of the board of directors of the Institut français and ambassador for cultural action outside France during the French Council of Ministers of 2 June 2021. She will take office at the Institut français on July 1.
Eva Nguyen Binh has been the French ambassador since 2017. She was previously cooperation and cultural advisor at the French embassy in Vietnam, and director of the Institut français in Vietnam.
Nguyen was quoted saying “I was appointed to new functions in Paris by the Council of Ministers on June 2, taking up my duties on July 1. I will be President of the public establishment called the French Institute, with the title of Ambassador in charge of France’s cultural action abroad. I am very happy and honored. It is a great responsibility.”
The Institut français is a public institution responsible for French cultural actions abroad. The Institut français, under the aegis of the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture, actively contributes to France’s soft diplomacy.
Its projects and programs take local contexts into account and can be successfully implemented thanks to the vast network of the French Embassies’ cultural services, as well as the many Instituts français and Alliances Françaises present across five continents.