His parents are Pierre Racine and Edwina Morgulis. He attended the École La Rochefoucauld in Paris. Racine studied at the Lycée Louis -le- Grand and then at the École normale supérieure in Paris literature. From 1977 he studied public administration at the École nationale d'administration (ENA ). From 1983 to 1986 he worked in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 1986 to 1988 he was a member of the Cabinet of Prime Minister Jacques Chirac. From 1997 to 2002, he was succeeded Pierre -Jean Rémy director of the Académie de France à Rome. From 2002 to 2007 he was the successor of Jean -Jacques Aillagon Director of the Centre Georges Pompidou. Since 2007 he is the successor of Jean -Noël Jeanneney President of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Racine is a member of the Legion of Honour in 1997. Since 1981, he is married to Béatrice de Begon de Larouzière - Montlosier and has four children.