It was an expected nomination, and which already leaves some a little hungry on the left. France announced on Friday that it had appointed Jean-Marc Berthon as ambassador for the rights of “LGBT+” people (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and more), in accordance with a commitment made on August 4 by President Macron. The job description had been detailed in a second time by the Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne.
Jean-Marc Berthon is close to the President of the Republic, whom he advised at the Elysee Palace on human rights issues before heading the cabinet of Marlène Schiappa when she was Secretary of State for Citizenship.
Reiterate the call for the decriminalization of homosexuality
“While homosexuality and transidentity are still penalized by many States and the rights of LGBT+ people are called into question throughout the world, the ambassador’s mission will be to carry France’s voice and action in matter, with the support of the entire French diplomatic network,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
“He will reiterate France’s commitment to the universal decriminalization of homosexuality and the defense of the rights of LGBT+ people, and will give all his support to civil society organizations which often work in difficult conditions”, specifies this release.