He is well-known for staging spectacular outdoor concerts of his music, which feature laser displays and fireworks.
One of his albums, Musique pour supermarchés had a print run on only a single copy, which was auctioned to raise money for French artists.
In 1986 he worked with NASA; astronaut Ronald McNair was to play the saxophone part of Jarre's piece Rendez-Vous VI while in orbit on board the Space Shuttle Challenger. It was to have been the first piece of music recorded in space, for the album Rendez-Vous. After the Challenger disaster of January 28, 1986, the piece was recorded with a different saxophonist, retitled Ron's piece and the album dedicated to the seven Challenger astronauts.
He was married to actress and photographer Charlotte Rampling.
He is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.