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French police have identified the man arrested for shooting a newspaper assistant photographer and carrying out three other attacks.

Allianz plots to thwart CGU on pan-Europe SocGen deal

ALLIANZ, the German insurance giant, is seeking to thwart plans by the British insurer CGU to forge an exclusive pan-European deal with Societe Generale, the French bank which narrowly escaped the clutches of its rival Banque Nationale de Paris last month.

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CGU to reopen SocGen talks

SocGen staff take to the streets

UNIONS REPRESENTING employees of French bank Societe Generale will this afternoon march on the Bank of France to present objections to a takeover of SocGen by Banque National de Paris, which controls 37 per cent of the company following a five-month bid battle.

SocGen staff take to streets

UNIONS representing employees of French bank Societe Generale will this afternoon march on the Bank of France to present objections to a takeover of SocGen by Banque National de Paris, which controls 37 per cent of the company after a five-month bid battle.

Paribas chairman steps down

ANDRE LEVY-LANG, the chairman of the French bank Paribas (pictured), stood down yesterday and, as expected, was replaced by BNP's head Michel Pebereau after a meeting to assess the results of BNP's takeover bid.

Outlook: French banks

SACRE BLEU! What a blinder of a saga the tripartite bid battle between France's leading banks has turned out to be. To the Anglo Saxon eye, the fight has looked more like incomprehensible French farce than the gentle comedy that is most City takeover battles, and certainly its repeated twists and turns defy anything in the nature of measured commentary.

BNP extends olive branch to SocGen

BANQUE NATIONAL de Paris last night extended an olive branch in its bitter and complex bid battle to win control of rival French bank Societe Generale.

BNP prepares to renew offer to SocGen investors

BANQUE NATIONALE de Paris is planning to renew its offer for Societe Generale if regulators allow it to keep the 36.8 per cent stake it holds as a result of its bid for its rival French banks, SocGen and Paribas.

Japanese banks merge to create $1.3trn giant

THREE OF Japan's biggest banks - Industrial Bank of Japan (IBJ), Dai-Ichi Kangyo (DKB) and Fuji - are expected today to announce details of a merger to create the world's biggest bank with assets of $1.26 trillion.

Outlook: Japanese banking on triple alliance

JAPAN'S POST-WAR economic miracle was built on an ability to take a good idea from the West and exploit it for commercial gain in the east. For examples, look no further than the microwave oven or the motor cycle. Now the Japanese banking industry looks as if it is about to repeat the trick. Or at least attempt to do so.

Jospin pushes SocGen on BNP merger

THE FRENCH government is stepping up the pressure on Societe Generale to abandon plans to remain independent and to agree to join rival Banque Nationale de Paris' planned $1 trillion three-way merger.

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BNP offers SocGen posts to aid merger

BANQUE NATIONALE de Paris is preparing to offer Daniel Bouton, the chairman of Societe Generale and other senior bank executives top management positions in an bid to soften their opposition to a merger.

BNP fails in bid to create Europe's biggest bank

BANK OF FRANCE governor Jean-Claude Trichet will try to broker a compromise on Tuesday in a bitter three-way banking takeover battle to create the world's richest bank, with an estimated $1 trillion (pounds 625bn) in assets.

Axa plots Paribas break-up

AXA, THE insurance giant whose behind-the-scenes machinations precipitated France's banking bid war, is considering pushing for a revival of attempts to merge Paribas' investment banking operations with US investment bank Donaldson Lufkin Jenrette if, as looks increasingly likely, Banque Nationale de Paris wins control of Paribas.
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