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

Market Report: Aegis falls as break-up potential takes a knock

Investors hoping that the sale of its market-research arm will prompt a full break-up of Aegis received a blow yesterday, as the advertising group followed the wider market down.

Market Report: Takeover talk engineers gains for blue chip IMI

With market gossips enjoying a busy start to the week, takeover tales continued to dominate investors' attention yesterday as bid rumours pushed forwards a number of companies.

Greece's Odious Debt, By Jason Manolopoulos

A tragedy, from the nation that invented it

Business Diary: Johnson chokes on his coffee

Luke Johnson, the private equity mogul, might want to check staff aren't spitting in his latte next time he pops into Starbucks for a pick-me-up. Johnson is less than complimentary about the coffee chain in the latest issue of Management Today – and particularly its chairman Howard Schulz. The Starbucks founder's latest tome, How Starbucks Fought for its Life Without Losing its Soul, is on sale in the chain's coffee shops. "This book is 350 pages of self-indulgent claptrap," Johnson says.

Market Report: Heritage Oil rises after takeover talk returns

Market gossips returned to an old tale last night, as vague speculation that Heritage Oil could be about to receive an approach helped it spurt up the leaderboard of the mid-tier index. Not for the first time, the reheated chatter turned towards China for possible aggressors, picking out the state-owned Cnooc once again as a prospective bidder.

David Prosser: Banks set to count the cost of even themost modest reforms

Outlook Four days and counting to nemesis for Britain's banks, with Sir John Vickers due to unveil the preliminary findings of his Independent Commission on Banking on Monday. Actually, nemesis might be pushing it – all the indications are currently that Sir John does not intend to recommend some of the seismic shifts campaigned for in certain quarters, most notably the separation of retail and investment banking. Still, do not underestimate the impact even quite modest reforms might have on Britain's banks.

The Week Ahead: M&S unlikely to shine through the retail gloom

There has been no shortage of bad news in recent weeks for the retail sector and expectations are low that Marks & Spencer will be able to buck the trend with its interim management statement on Wednesday.

BP to kick off auction of £400m stake in Wytch Farm oil field

BP will kick-off the auction of its £400m controlling stake in Wytch Farm in Dorset, western Europe's biggest onshore oil field, in the next two weeks.

David Prosser: The man from the Pru enjoys an undeservedly generous payday

Outlook Here are two numbers for you: £377m and £50,000. The first number is the cost to Prudential, as detailed in its annual report yesterday, of its failed bid for AIA, the Asian insurance company. The second figure, also taken from Pru's report, is the amount of bonus the insurer's chief executive, Tidjane Thiam, missed out on at the end of 2010. Despite presiding over the AIA botch, Mr Thiam collected a bonus of £1.57m, 97 per cent of the £1.62m that was the maximum he could have theoretically earned.

Market Report: Kingfisher falls back as B&Q worries build up

Kingfisher closed at its lowest price since December last night thanks to fears over the challenges facing its flagship B&Q chain.

SocGen profits rebound in 2010

Profits at the French banking group Société Générale soared to €3.9bn (£3.3bn) in 2010, almost six times higher than the year before.

The Business On... Tidjane Thiam, Chief executive, Prudential

So he's still in a job then?

The business on: Frederic Oudea, Chief executive, Société Générale

The man to whom Jerome Kerviel owes €5bn?

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