Christina Selander Bouzouina, Executive Director of AFMSP, was appointed Honorary Consul of France in 2014 and her territory covers the states of Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota.
An Honorary Consul provides select administrative services to French citizens on a voluntary basis and works closely with the Consulate General. Administrative functions include protecting their constituent inhabitants and travelers; facilitating visits by political representatives and business leaders; and promoting trade, investment and the arts.
Services that are not performed in Minneapolis, and for which it is necessary to contact the Consulate General in Chicago, include visas, passport applications, French national identity card applications and obtaining French nationality.
Honorary Consuls of France are either French citizens or citizens of the host country who are nominated by the Ministère des Affaires Etrangères and delegated by the Consul General of the circumscriptions to which they belong. They are not diplomats by training and are not paid. In the United States, they are officially accredited by State Department and enjoy privileges and immunities as defined by the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations dated 24 April 1963.
Read more about the role and profile of Honorary Consuls on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website here.