Who is Jacques Chirac? What does he hide beneath his grotesque, conquering and popular mask? And how can he reveal something about our democracy? A dreamlike comedy, a zany investigation and a portrait of a legacy, La Vie et la mort de J. Chirac is the first part of the series Huit rois (nos présidents), which aims to paint a theatrical portrait of the eight presidents of the Fifth Republic, from Charles de Gaulle to Emmanuel Macron.
"In 1995, I was six years old and Jacques Chirac was elected President of the Republic. He sped off to the Elysée Palace in his Citroën CX - light, reconciled, joyful. What is this memory all about? For me - and perhaps for my whole generation - Chirac is the image of childhood and a shared carefree spirit. The twentieth century of disasters was about to come to an end. I remember 1995. It was the beginning of a new era. I open my eyes again. It's 2020. Jacques Chirac is dead.