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

SocGen boss finally forced to stand down

The embattled boss of Société Générale finally fell on his sword yesterday after months of blunt hints from France's President Nicolas Sarkozy that he should resign. Daniel Bouton, 59, said he would leave his job as president next week.

Market Report: SocGen advises clients to sell StanChart

Standard Chartered was in focus yesterday after Société Générale advised investors to move out of the stock, arguing that a combination of falling revenues, rising bad loans and high costs weighed on the investment case.

Merrill under pressure over £284m black hole

Investment bank faces further investigation as trader is suspected of irregular dealing

The Footsie failures

Share prices have collapsed during the credit crunch, but the UK's benchmark indices understate the true havoc that's been wreaked upon the value of our largest companies. Nikhil Kumar reports

Market Report: ITV at record low as advertising fears grow

ITV retreated to another record low last night after analysts expressed caution about the broadcaster’s prospects as tougher trading conditions persist.

New FSA regime poised to target rogue traders

Regulator to impose a 'fit-and-proper person' test on all existing and new proprietary dealers

Jérôme Kerviel: Secrets of the rogue trader

The man accused of losing his bank €5bn reveals the 'orgasmic pleasure' he got from playing the markets

Market update - 17 December

The FTSE 100 was up 24.24 points at 4333.32 and the FTSE 250 climbed to 6300.77, up 49.72 points, at 11.36am.

Market Report: Liberty forecast to breach covenants

A "sell" note from Société Générale depressed sentiment around Liberty International, the blue-chip property group, which fell back as the market surged yesterday.

Market Update: RBS responds to positive comments

The FTSE 100 was up 58.97 points at 4124.46 while the FTSE 250 advanced to 5862.9, up 32.51 points, at 11:53 am.

The Week Ahead: Tesco sales to fall 3 per cent below industry norm

The supermarket group Tesco is pegged to unveil a slowdown in UK like-for-like sales growth when it publishes a third-quarter update tomorrow. The company's non-food exposure and the introduction of more than 350 discount brands in September is expected to depress growth to bet-ween 1 and 2 per cent excluding fuel, compared with 4.1 per cent in the same period last year.

Market Report: Aegis rises on talk of move by Bolloré

The FTSE 250-listed media group Aegis was strong last night amid speculation about a possible bid or a break-up of the group after its chief executive, Robert Lerwill, steps down at the end of this month.

Market Report: New fears over funding hit Taylor Wimpey

Taylor Wimpey lost more than 37 per cent of its value last night amid speculation that funding problems may force the troubled housebuilder into a debt-for-equity swap.

Market update - 25 November

The FTSE 100 was up 71.74 points at 4224.7 while the FTSE 250 advanced to 5928.84, up 139.29 points, at 11.58am this morning.

£31bn wiped off blue chip shares

More than £31 billion was wiped off London's biggest companies today as investors rushed for the exits on renewed fears of a lengthy global recession.

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