November 2, 2017 / 1:00 PM / a year ago

Leglise-Costa named as new French ambassador to EU

PARIS (Reuters) - France has appointed Philippe Leglise-Costa as its new permanent representative to the European Union (EU), replacing Pierre Sellal in a crucial role dealing with matters such as Brexit and the EU’s budget.

The experienced Leglise-Costa was EU adviser to former Socialist President François Hollande, when current President Emmanuel Macron was deputy chief of staff.

“It’s a key position,” said government spokesman Castaner, commenting on the appointment. “He is certainly the one who knows European topics the best.”

Reporting by Michel Rose and Jean-Baptiste Vey; Writing by Sudip Kar-Gupta

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