He was born in Le Petit-Bornand-les-Glières, in Savoy. In 1467, he was elected rector of the University of Paris, and he installed in the Sorbonne the first printing press ever set up in France, with the aid of three printers who came from Mainz to assist him in this work. The first book printed was Lettres de Gasparino (1470). Some of Fichet's own books followed, such as Ficheti Guilielmi Artium et Theologiæ Doctoris, Rhetoricorum Libri III. (1470).