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General Bout de Marnhac, next head of Eulex Kosovo

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(BRUSSELS2) French general Yves de Kermabon (1) will give way, on October 15, to his compatriot Xavier Bout de Marnhac at the head of the European “Rule of law” mission (EULEX) in Kosovo. This appointment was endorsed by the PSC – the EU's political and security committee, today. A succession which is part of a certain continuity. In addition to nationality, the two generals have in common that they know the Balkans well, and in particular Kosovo, having commanded KFOR, the NATO force deployed in the former province which has become independent.

Aged 59, and graduated from Saint Cyr, General Xavier Bout de Marnhac began his career in armored weapons. A graduate of the war school, he joined the General Staff of the 2nd Army Corps in Baden-Baden RFA from 1989 to 1991. He was an advisor to the Minister of Defense, François Léotard, in 1993, as an officer of information. He continued on this path, then, occupying the position of director of operations of the DGSE from 1999 to 2004, and took command of KFOR in September 2007, succeeding German general Roland Kather.

Now retired from active duty, he has been appointed head of EULEX Kosovo for one year. And his mandate is renewable, it is specified.


(1) Read: Yves de Kermabon (interview): justice remains the weak point in Kosovo

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).