She graduated in Economics and mastered in Journalism at the University of Liège, in 1981.
She was Commercial Director at Radio FM56 from 1981 to 1984. In 1984, she is hired at RTL (Radio Télévision Luxembourg) first in Luxembourg, as a Producer and TV Presenter from 1984 to 1987, then in Brussels where she edits and presents the news from 1987 to 1998.
In 1999, Frédérique Ries joins the MR (PRL back then) to become a candidate on the European elections list. Elected Member of the European Parliament since 1999, she follows particularly health, environment and food safety issues.
Re-elected in June 2009 with more than 116,000 votes, she is the 5th French-speaking political personality through all political parties in Belgium.