Hubert Védrine served successively as a diplomatic advisor, spokesman and General Secretary under the presidency of François Mitterrand, from 1981 to 1995.
From 1997 to 2002, he was Minister of Foreign Affairs in the government of Lionel Jospin, under the presidency of Jacques Chirac. In 2003, he created a geopolitical consulting company, Hubert Védrine Conseil. He is the author of many books on geopolitics or about François Mitterrand. November 14, 2012 he gave the President Hollande a report on “the consequences of the return of France to the integrated command of NATO, on the future of the transatlantic relationship and the prospects for European defense”. His latest book La France au défi, about the reform in France, was published in March 2014.