Minc comes from a Polish Jewish family in which his four grandparents were victims of the Holocaust. After attending the Lycée Henri IV, he completed studies at the two elite high schools: In 1971 he graduated from the Paris Sciences Po, 1975, the School of Administration ENA.
He first worked in the Inspection générale des finances, and changed in 1979 as Chief Executive Officer for Group Saint Gobain. Since 1994, he serves on the board of the newspaper Le Monde. Today he runs his own consulting firm AT conseil, and was a close advisor to the French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
On 25 August 2010, he said in public radio France Inter in response to the criticism of Pope Benedict XVI. at the numerous deportations of Roma: "You can discuss everything at the Roma affair, but not [ when ] a German Pope [ is ] John Paul II, maybe, but not him ... His lack of empathy for the past. for which he is responsible as all Germans, which he has inherited - not as guilty as well as the heir ... "
Minc is married and has three children.
- Alain Minc is commander of the Legion of Honour.
Writings (selection )
- The German challenge, Hamburg, Hoffmann und Campe, 1989, ISBN 9783455083477
- The rebirth of nationalism in Europe, Hamburg, Hoffmann und Campe, 1992, ISBN 9783455084368
- The new Middle Ages, Hamburg, Hoffmann und Campe, 1994, ISBN 9783455110289
- Globalization. Chance of the future, Vienna, Zsolnay, 1998, ISBN 9783552049048
- Vive l' Allemagne! , Grasset, 2013