Alain Juppé was born on 15 August 1945 in Mont-de-Marsan, France.

He started his career as financial auditor attached to the General Inspectorate of Finances (1972-1976). In 1976, he was appointed Special assistant in the private office of Prime Minister Jacques Chirac, before becoming Technical adviser in the private office of the Minister of Cooperation. In 1978, he joined the administration of the City of Paris, serving as Special assistant to the Mayor and Deputy Director of Finances and Economic Affairs.  He has been elected to a number of posts throughout his career, including National Assembly Deputy for Paris, Member of the Ile-de-France Regional Council, National Assembly Deputy for Gironde, President of the Urban Community of Bordeaux and most recently Mayor of the city of Bordeaux. He was appointed Prime Minister in 1995, following the election of Jacques Chirac as President of the Republic, and served until 1997. Both prior and after this appointment, he held various Ministerial offices, including Minister Delegate attached to the Minister for the Economy, Finance and Privatization, with responsibility for the Budget, and Government Spokesman, Minister of Defence and Veterans Affairs, Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Town and Country Planning, and most recently Minister of Foreign and European Affairs under Nicolas Sarlozy’s government.  Finally, Alain Juppé has also played a key role in his party, the Union pour un Mouvement Populaire, which he chaired from 2002 and 2004. He had also chaired the party that led to the creation of the latter, the Rassemblement pour la République.