Today, Jacques Chirac is one of France's favourite public political figures. However, what do we really know about the life of the man who reached the top functions of the state ? For the first time, this book opens the door of the Chirac Household. Blending in confessions, articles, and more than 250 photographs in which we can discover the backstage of political power for half a century, at the Paris city hall, the Elysée palace, and within the intimacy of a family in power. Until the end of Jacques Chirac's twelve-year mandate, which we recall with much nostalgia, journalist Laurence Masurel harks back to the political career of this exceptional man. She recalls his battles but also his interest in travelling, or the Tribal Art. Simulteanously, Eric Lefeuvre, Jacques Chirac's personal photographer for more than thirty years, introduces moving pictures which allows the former president's private personality to blossom. Together, they gathered memories and photographs in order to produce an exceptional portrait.