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/ 26 February 2008

Sarkozy hits out at Société Générale chief

French President Nicolas Sarkozy sharply criticised the chairperson of scandal-hit bank Société Générale in an interview published on Tuesday, saying his response to billion-euro losses was "not normal". "When the president of a company sees losses of that magnitude and does not draw conclusions from it, that’s not normal," Sarkozy said.

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/ 13 February 2008

Rogue trader Kerviel appeals against detention

Lawyers for Jerome Kerviel, the rogue trader blamed by French bank Société Générale for huge losses, lodged an appeal against his detention, the Paris prosecutor’s office said on Wednesday. Kerviel placed a secret wrong-way bet on the share market that Société Générale blames for a -billion trading loss in the world’s biggest rogue trading scandal.

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/ 9 February 2008

Second trader quizzed in French banking scandal

A second trader suspected of involvement in the multibillion-dollar losses at Société Générale bank was taken for questioning by judges on Saturday. The unnamed broker at Société Générale subsidiary Fimat was seen leaving the headquarters of the police financial brigade aboard an unmarked police van escorted by a car.

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/ 29 January 2008

France’s rogue trader freed after escaping fraud charges

Accused French rogue trader Jerome Kerviel walked free after judges placed him under formal investigation on Monday for his role in $7-billion of losses at Société Générale but stopped short of charging him with fraud. Shares in the French bank took a battering as allegations emerged that a board member was guilty of insider trading related to the scandal.

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/ 28 January 2008

Global equities deep in gloom

Asian and European stock markets fell sharply again on Monday as investors worried about possible recession and a forthcoming interest-rate call in the United States, analysts said. The Paris market fell amid anxiety and tension after an alleged -billion fraud was unearthed last week at French bank Société Générale.