After his education at the Paris-based Ecole Nationale d'Administration, Hubert Védrine started his career as a senior civil servant at the Ministry of Culture, where he was in charge of the office responsible for town conservation (1974-1978).
Subsequently, Mr. Védrine became the Spokesman for French President François Mitterand (1988-1991), followed by serving as Secretary-General for the Presidency of the Republic (1991-1995).
From 1997 to 2002, he was France's Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Together with Dominique Moïsi, the Deputy Director of the Paris-based Institut Français des Relations Internationales, in spring 2000 he published a book "France in an Age of Globalization," in which they explored France's role in the global age in a series of conversations.
In 2008, he published "History Strikes Back," in which he explores how states, nations and conflicts are shaping the 21st century.