Salary: pounds 167,548 plus expenses.
Perks: Chauffeur-driven Renault. Subsidised lunches. Dinner invitations from ambassadors. Police outriders when he goes abroad. Health insurance - handy for his sciatica. A Commission pension. A lifelong supply of EU umbrellas.
Education: Lycee Voltaire - a top Paris school - and Lycee Blaise-Pascal in Clermont-Ferrand. He did not go to university but has bagged 10 honorary degrees.
Family: Married with a daughter - a minister in the last French Government.
Home: A 'modest' flat near the Breydel building - the Commission's Brusssels HQ - an apartment on Paris's fashionable Left Bank, a cottage in Burgundy.