Darcos was born on 14 July 1947 in Limoges to Jean-Gabriel Darcos and Anne-Marie Banvillet.
After getting a PhD in Latin studies from the University of Bordeaux and becoming a professor emeritus in letters and social sciences, he started teaching in 1968, first in Périgueux, then in a Bordeaux khâgne from 1982 to 1987, and finally at the lycée Louis-le-Grand, Paris from 1987 to 1992.
In 1989 he became deputy to the Mayor of Périgueux. Three years later, he became a senior school inspector.
From 1993 to 1995 he was the chief of staff (directeur de cabinet) to Education Minister François Bayrou, from 1995 to 1997 advisor to Prime Minister Alain Juppé for education and culture matters, and from 1995 to 1998, along with François Bayroux and Claude Allègre, he was the president of school inspectors. From 1996 to 1999 he was also a Professor in comparative literature at the Université Paris IV.
In May 2002, he became Deputy Minister for School Education in Jean-Pierre Raffarin's cabinet, then on 1 April 2004 Deputy Minister for Cooperation, Development and Francophony.
Interview with Xavier Darcos, French Education Minister : "Eu Cooperation Can Make a Difference in Terms of Employment"
Dec 08, 2008; Cooperation at European level in schooling and professional training helps improve education systems and favours the mobility of...
INTERVIEW WITH XAVIER DARCOS, FRENCH EDUCATION MINISTER : "EU COOPERATION CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT".(Interview)
Nov 24, 2008; Cooperation at European level in schooling and professional training helps improve education systems and favours the mobility of...