François Nicoullaud is a former French diplomat. His career in diplomacy lasted from 1964 to 2005, which saw him posted in New York, Chile, Berlin, Bombay and finally to Budapest and Tehran as the ambassador. In the French foreign ministry, he was in charge of cultural development as well as nonproliferation. He has also served in the ministry of interior as diplomatic advisor and in the ministry of defense as first assistant to the minister. Since 2005, he has been a political analyst in international affairs, focusing on Iran and the Middle East.