Col. Loïc Mizon

Senior French Representative

As Senior French Representative, Colonel Loïc Mizon serves as a liaison between the Africa Center and the French Ministry of Defense, coordinating exchanges on security-related Africa policy and scholarship. He also serves as a regular facilitator and speaker at Africa Center academic programs.

Col. Mizon joined the French military academy of Saint-Cyr in September 1989 and then served in the Troupes de marines. After completing armored cavalry training school at Saumur, he served in the Régiment d’infanterie chars de marine (RICM), repeatedly deployed to Africa and the Balkans. He took part in Operation Turquoise in Rwanda and UNPROFOR in Sarajevo, where he was involved in the operation to seize Vrbanja Bridge in May 1995.

In 1996, Col. Mizon served as second in command of the armored squadron of the 43rd Marine Battalion in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, and two years later, he was reappointed to the RICM as a squadron commander, deploying on Operation Epervier in Chad. In 2001, he was appointed to the archives and history department in Paris, where he was responsible for public relations. He passed the War College exam in 2004 and was promoted to major and subsequently sent to Côte d’Ivoire as a LICORNE liaison officer, liaising with UN representatives in Monrovia, Liberia.

After passing the higher staff course in 2006, he was assigned to the African and the Indian Ocean department of the French Foreign Office in Paris, dealing in particular with Western and Central Africa. During this period he lectured on international relations at the Paris Institute of Political Studies and in 2007-08 was involved in the negotiations which paved the way for EUFOR operations in Chad and the Central African Republic.

Col. Mizon returned to the RICM in 2008 as operations officer serving again in Côte d’Ivoire with the LICORNE battalion. In 2010, he was promoted to colonel and joined the Planning and Command of Operations Center, where he helped manage Côte d’Ivoire’s 2010–11 political crisis. In July 2012, Col. Mizon took command of the RICM, deploying almost immediately to the Côte d’Ivoire. He commanded LICORNE Force operations there until October 2012. Between September 2013 and March 2014, he commanded the French contingent in South Lebanon.

Col. Mizon’s decorations include Knight of the Legion of Honour, Officer of the National Order of Merit, and the Cross of Military Valour.