France’s Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, announced the new LGBTQ+ ambassador position on the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the country.
Borne visited an LGBTQ+ centre in Orleans, where she unveiled plans for the new government position.
The Prime Minister said the role of the ambassador is to “campaign for the decriminalisation everywhere of homosexuality and trans identity.”
She continued: “The President of the Republic’s approach, my approach, the government’s approach is not ambiguous: we will continue to fight to make progress on the rights of the LGBTQ.”
The aim of the ambassador is to fight LGBTQ+ discrimination across the world.
Earlier this year the French government banned so-called ‘conversion therapy’.
Borne also announced the creation of a €3 million fund to finance 10 new LGBTQ+ centres across the country.
This will be in addition to the existing 35 centres already set up.
The ambassador will be appointed by the end of the year.
There was full support for the creation of the role by President Emmanuel Macron and his government.
However, the French government has come under fire for ignorant comments made by officials.
Minister Caroline Cayeux, has made a number of anti-LGBTQ+ comments since the legalisation of same-sex marriage in 2013.
More than 100 public figures across France published an open letter calling for her resignation following her remarks.
Cayeux did issued an apology. Borne said that the minister “Made unfortunate comments, she apologised.”