Born in London, 1947
Nationality: dual British/French
English (mother tongue), Russian, French
1958-1965 : Archbishop Tenison’s Grammar School, London
1965-1966 : Holborn College of Law, Languages and Commerce (intensive Russian course)
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
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
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.