Serge Telle

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Serge Telle
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Minister of State of Monaco
Assumed office
1 February 2016
MonarchAlbert II
Preceded byGilles Tonelli (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1955-05-05) 5 May 1955 (age 64)
Nantes, France
Political partyIndependent
Alma materSciences Po
National Institute for Oriental
Languages and Civilizations

Serge Telle (born 5 May 1955) is a French diplomat. He serves as the Minister of State of Monaco.

Early life

Serge Telle was born on 5 May 1955 in Nantes, France.[1][2] His father was an engineer.[2]

Telle graduated from Sciences Po.[1][2] He also earned a degree in Swahili from the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations, and another degree in Community Law.[1]


Telle joined the French Foreign Ministry in 1982, when he first worked as Second Secretary at the Embassy of France, Dar-es-Salam in Dar-es-Salam, Tanzania until 1984.[1] He was the First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations in New York City from 1984 to 1988.[1] He was a diplomatic advisor to Secretary of State Humanitarian Action Bernard Kouchner from 1988 to 1992.[1][2] He worked in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1992 to 1993,[2] and at the United Nations Office at Geneva from 1993 to 1997.[1] He was an advisor to Prime Minister Lionel Jospin from 1997 to 2002, with a focus on Middle Eastern and African affairs.[1][2]

Telle served as Consul General (later Ambassador) of France to Monaco from 2002 to 2007.[1] He was an advisor to Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner from 2007 to 2008.[1][2] He was the French ambassador to the Union for the Mediterranean from 2008 to 2012, and the interministerial delegate for the Mediterranean from 2013 to 2015.[1] He was also the president of the Agency for Cities and Territories of the Mediterranean from 2011 to 2016.[1] Telle was appointed Minister of State of Monaco on 1 February 2016, succeeding Michel Roger.[3][4]

Telle is a knight of the Legion of Honour and the National Order of Merit.[1] He is also a commander of the Order of Saint-Charles.[1]

On 16 March Telle tested positive for COVID-19.[5]

Personal life

Telle, a long-distance runner, is married to Guilaine Chenu, a television presenter.[2][6] They have a son, Alexis.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "The Minister of State". Gouvernement Princier. Principauté de Monaco. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Navas, Christiane (February 26, 2016). "Serge Telle, Nantais et chef du gouvernement monégasque". Les Echos. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  3. ^ "New Minister of State selected". The Monaco Times. January 5, 2016. Archived from the original on January 12, 2016. Retrieved May 4, 2017 – via Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Serge Telle nommé ministre d'Etat à Monaco". Nice Matin. January 4, 2016. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  5. ^ Horsman, Stephanie; Horsman, Stephanie (2020-03-16). "Serge Telle tests positive for Covid-19". Monaco Life. Retrieved 2020-03-16.
  6. ^ "Guilaine Chenu, son mari envoyé spécial à Monaco". Gala. February 5, 2016. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  7. ^ "Serge Telle: Immense fierté à Monaco devant sa femme Guilaine Chenu et leur fils". Pure People. February 7, 2016. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
Political offices
Preceded by
Gilles Tonelli
Minister of State of Monaco

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