BG Hubert Cottereau
Deputy Commanding General
Brigadier General Hubert Cottereau was born in 1966 in Constance Germany and is a Saint-Cyr Alumnus (1987-1990). He chose to serve in the Armour Branch and attended one year of initial training in the Armour Branch School.
In 1991, he was appointed to the 4th Régiment de dragons as a Platoon Leader and was deployed as part of the United Nations Protection Force in the Former Yugoslavia. In 1994, he served two years as an officier instructor in the Armour Branch School and was promoted to Captain on 1st August 1994.
In 1996, he joined the 1st Régiment de Spahis in Valence to command the 3rd Armoured Reconnaissance Squadron for two years. In 1998, still within this Regiment, he transitioned to staff officer in charge of instruction and operational training.
In 1999, he joined the Institute for Higher National Defence Studies (IHEDN) and was promoted to Major in the same year before graduating as part of the 115th Combined Arms Advanced Course class (CSEM) and the 10th Joint War College graduating Class (CID).
In 2003, he was assigned as Chief of Operations and Training of the 2nd Régiment de hussards, a long range patrol regiment. He was deployed to Kosovo as head of the multi-sensor intelligence unit of the northeast multinational brigade. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 2004.
In 2005, he was appointed as the military assistant to the Commanding General of the Army Education and Training Command. In 2007, he was detached to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Deputy Assistant Director of the Southern Europe Department, most specifically in charge of bilateral relations with Spain and Turkey. He was responsible for preparing numerous high-level Franco-Spanish meetings and summits in association with the other staff departments and cabinets.
Promoted to Colonel in 2008, he was assigned as the Commanding officer of the 2nd Régiment de hussards (LRRPs regiment) from 2009 and 2011. During this duty, he committed the LRRPs in multiple operations in Chad, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Lebanon. From 2011 to 2013, he served in Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) in Norfolk as Special Assistant, Director of the Commander’s Action Group and head of the Studies and Fusion office.
Back in France, he attended the 63rd Class of the Higher Command and Staff Course (CHEM) and the 66th National Session of the Institute for Higher National Defence Studies (IHEDN). In 2014, he joined the General Secretariat for Defence and National Security (SGDSN) as the Deputy Director of International Affairs. In this interdepartmental context, he provided studies and support to the political decision-making process, focusing particularly on topics such as strategic defense and security, NATO’s Ballistic Missile Defense strategy, crisis response plans, intelligence issues, Sahel-Saharan strip strategy and other geopolitical issues.
From 2016 to 2018, he held the position of Chief J5, Center for Planning and Conduct of Joint Operations (CPCO) in Paris, additionally acting as Deputy Head, Planning and Logistics department. He was also in charge of developing the worldwide French Armed Forces’s strategic, operational, and anticipation planning process. In parallel, he was also responsible for preparing weekly Defence and Security Councils for the French Chief of Defence.
Promoted to Brigadier General on 1st of July 2018, he is currently deployed in Bamako,Mali as the Force Chief of Staff to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).