June 13, 2017, 7:20 p.m.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAEDI) is the ministry in the government of France that handles France's foreign relations. Its headquarters are located on the Quai d'Orsay in Paris, close to the National Assembly of France. Its cabinet minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development (French: Ministre des Affaires étrangères et du Développement international) is responsible for the foreign relations of France. The current minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, was appointed in May 2017.
As part of the French Government’s Open Data initiative led by the Etalab unit under the authority of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs set up a specific body to collect and publish the relevant information on a permanent basis.A member of the Ministry’s General Secretariat was appointed as the coordinator. He is responsible for making the data available to all citizens, in a format that enables the information to be re-used as widely as possible.
Under Etalab’s supervision, the coordinator worked to ensure that all departments of the Ministry provided their first sets of data in December 2011. His role is to expand and update them regularly.The databases of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs cover the entire spectrum of its activities worldwide, including :data on living and working abroad, and French communities abroad;a comprehensive list of the contact details of consulates and embassies; data regarding the addresses of French schools abroad (GPS coordinates);all of France’s contributions at an international level.