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My Work/Mon Travail

Curriculum Vitae

Personal details

Born in London, 1947

Nationality: dual British/French

Working languages

English (mother tongue), Russian, French

Secondary Education

1958-1965 : Archbishop Tenison’s Grammar School, London

1965-1966 : Holborn College of Law, Languages and Commerce (intensive Russian course)                                      

Higher Education

1966-1970: University of Nottingham, U.K., Bachelor of Arts 2:i Hons in Russian studies, Serbo-Croat as second Slav language, distinction in spoken Russian, French subsidiary

1968-1969: Kiev State University, USSR, on one-year British Council studentship

2008: Election Administrator Certificate postgraduate course, law faculty, University of Paris II

Professional Experience

Current Situation:

Editor, Bloomberg News European Economy and Policy team (specialising in politics), general news, since August 2000

Based in Bloomberg's Paris office. Assignments in Washington, Paris, Berlin and Kiev (Orange Revolution November-December 2004, political crisis May 2005)

Director, World Editors Forum, World Association of Newspapers, Paris. December 1999-July 2000.

Organised forum of newspaper editors, Rio de Janeiro, June 2000, attended by some 200 newspaper editors from all five continents.

Freelance journalist based in France, January 1995-November 1999.

Main clients: The Daily Telegraph (London), Voice of America (Washington), The Scotsman (Edinburgh), USA Today (Washington). Occasional clients: The Evening Standard (London), Sunday Tribune, Irish Times (Dublin), London News Radio, London Talk Radio, Science International (Washington), The Globe and Mail (Toronto), The Boston Globe (Boston), Newsday (New York), The European (London), European Voice (Brussels), The Tocqueville Connection (Web site covering French news, Washington), Agence France-Presse (English-language service); corporate communications for Alstom, Alcatel (France), Danfoss (Denmark)

Ghost-writer of “Life is a Menu,” by Michel Roux (memoirs of a three-star Michelin chef), published by Constable, London, 2000

The Independent, June 1991-December 1994

Paris bureau chief

Reporting assignments in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Russia, Ukraine

Independent on Sunday, December 1989-June 1991

Assistant Foreign Editor, London, at the launch of the newspaper

Reporting assignments: Western Europe, South Africa, the Soviet Union (Russia and Ukraine)

International Herald Tribune, September 1983-November 1989

September 1983: Appointed to the Paris editorial

July 1984: regional news editor for Europe, the Middle East and Africa

Reporting assignments in France, the Middle East (Egypt, the Gulf, Jordan, Lebanon), Cyprus, Turkey, the Soviet Union

Newsweek, February 1981-September 1983

February 1981: bureau chief, Beirut

October 1981: chief Middle East correspondent, based in Cairo

Reuters, September 1970 - January 1981

September 1970: graduate trainee, London

April 1971-June 1974: correspondent in Moscow bureau

July 1974-April 1975: editor, London head office

April 1975: correspondent in Paris

Assignments to: Lebanon (civil war); Iran (Islamic revolution); Algeria (OPEC hostage-taking, death of president)

July 1978: News Editor for France

April 1980: chief correspondent, European Community and NATO, based in Brussels

Prizes, distinctions

Mary Hemingway prize (Overseas Press Club, Washington) for the best magazine reporting of the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon

1993-1994: President, Anglo-American Press Association of Paris


Founder of “Les Européens en France,” an association created to encourage the participation in French political life of European Union residents in France. 

A leading candidate in the June 2004 elections for the France-Diversité list consisting of French nationals of immigrant origins and European residents.


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