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

£4bn 'rogue trader' trial concludes

The former Société Générale trader Jerome Kerviel was a pawn in a mind-boggling financial system that pushed him to take risks, his lawyer Olivier Metzner argued on the last day of his trial.

For sale: The masterpieces hidden away for 70 years

Tales of intrigue and murder surround Ambroise Vollard's huge art collection. As some finally appear at auction, John Lichfield reports

Rogue trader blames the bank for €5bn loss

Jérôme Kerviel turns tables on his former employer as his case enters its final week

French rogue trader Jerome Kerviel trial begins

Rogue trader Jerome Kerviel went on trial in Paris today accused of one of history's biggest bank frauds.

Capitalism in the dock as Kerviel goes on trial

Rogue trader Jérôme Kerviel is on trial. The case for the defence: the insanity of global banking culture. John Lichfield reports

'A shambles and a Disgrace' – The Pru reaps the whirlwind

But insurer's chairman says 'no reason' for directors to quit after blowing £450m on failed AIA deal. James Moore reports

Business Diary: Pru boss comes out fighting in US

Broadly speaking, it is fair to say that Prudential's American shareholders have been rather more supportive of the insurer during its difficulties over the past few weeks than those based in London. So where did Tidjane Thiam, the beleaguered chief executive of the Pru, choose to do his first set-piece interview following the collapse of his takeover of Asian insurance giant AIA? On the US business channel CNBC, of course.

Market Report: ICAP gains ground as market continues to slide

The market rally came to an end last night, with the FTSE 100 sliding as sovereign debt fears resurfaced, but ICAP stood firm as traders eyed the upside of the recent spike in volatility.

Osborne urges G20 to take on banks over new capital rules

Chancellor warns EU states not to back down over tougher regulatory regime

David Prosser: The man from the Pru fights for his future

Outlook Should he stay or should he go? There is no doubt the credibility of Tidjane Thiam, of whom so much was expected on his accession to the chief executive's office at Prudential just eight months ago, has been severely damaged by the AIA debacle. But has it been damaged so badly that he cannot continue in the role?

Business Diary: 29/05/2010

Bonus counsel from Kerviel

Some very helpful advice from eFinancialCareers, the online employment site for the City.

Thiam on the rack if £23.5bn deal collapses

Tidjane Thiam's days running the Prudential could be numbered if he fails to pull off the takeover of AIA, analysts warned yesterday.

David Prosser: New Prudential boss seems accident prone

Outlook Tidjane Thiam knows a thing or two about coups, having been ousted from a ministerial post in the Ivory Coast government in 1999 by just such a rebellion. If he's not careful, he might find himself on the end of a similar plot courtesy of Prudential shareholders. A man whose intellect and talents were trumpeted from the rooftops on his appointment last year is rapidly beginning to look accident prone.

France's rogue trader: 'I was only a prostitute in great banking orgy'

The five-billion-euro rogue trader Jérôme Kerviel will claim in a book this week that he was merely a "prostitute" in the "great banking orgy" and should be treated leniently in his trial next month.

The paintings Hitler couldn't steal

After 70 years, several court cases and some suspicious deaths, priceless art coveted by the Nazis is finally set to go on sale
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