Bruno Racine

Bruno Racine

Bruno Racine in 2010
Born (1951-12-17) 17 December 1951
Paris, France
Nationality French
Education Lycée Louis-le-Grand
Alma mater École Normale Supérieure, Sciences Po, ÉNA
Occupation Director of the Bibliothèque nationale de France

Bruno Racine (born 17 December 1951 in Paris) is a French civil servant and writer.


Son of Pierre Racine (a conseiller d'État) and Edwina Morgulis, Bruno Racine was born in Paris. He studied at the École La Rochefoucauld then at the lycée Louis-le-Grand before entering the École Normale Supérieure in 1971 and obtaining an agrégation in "lettres classiques". He also followed courses at the Institut d'études politiques de Paris and entered the École nationale d'administration in 1977.

Racine left the ENA for the Cour des Comptes where he was named auditor in 1979 then "conseiller référendaire" in 1983. On 5 September 1981, he married Béatrice de Bégon de Larouzière-Montlosier, and they have had 4 children.

Racine entered the service for strategic affairs and disarmament in the Ministry of Foreign Relations (1983–1986) before joining the cabinet of Jacques Chirac, Prime Minister as a 'chargé de mission' (1986–1988).

In 1988, he was named director of cultural affairs for the city of Paris, occupying that post until 1993, when he became Foreign Minister in the cabinet of Alain Juppé, again as "chargé de mission auprès du ministre", and at the same time director of the Centre d'analyse et de prévision (1993–1995). He then followed him to Matignon as "chargé de mission auprès du Premier ministre", with particular concern for the cultural and strategic portfolios (1995–1997).

Promoted to conseiller maître à la Cour des comptes (1996), he became director of the French Academy in Rome (1997–2002) before being named president of the Centre Georges-Pompidou (2002).

In the "Conseil des ministres" of 28 March 2007, he was made president of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, to take effect on 2 April 2007,[1] succeeding Jean-Noël Jeanneney, who had reached the age limit for that post.

Racine presides over the board of directors of the Fondation pour la recherche stratégique (since 2001) and the Haut conseil de l'éducation (since 2005).




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  1. "Communiqué des ministres du 28.03.2007". Élysé 2007. Retrieved 10 November 2007.
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