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Rogue trader Kerviel faces jail as lone walk to France ends

Jérôme Kerviel in Modène
Jérôme Kerviel in Modène Afp/Gabriel Bouys

French rogue trader Jerome Kerviel crosses the border into France on Saturday where he could face jail, following his long protest walk from Rome. 

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The former Société Générale trader started the walk from Rome to Paris after meeting Pope Francis on 19 February.

He was inspired to do the march after meeting the Pope, who spoke of the "tyranny of the market" and gave him a set of rosary beads.

He will be welcomed by members of his support committee including its president, the bishop of Gap as well as Fr Patrice Gourrier who has vowed to complete the march on Kerviel's behalf if the former trader himself is unable to go as far as Paris.

Kerviel has been ordered by French authorities to present himself at the police station in Menton by Sunday morning at the latest, where he is very likely to be imprisoned.

His three year prison sentence was upheld at the court of appeal in March but the 4.91 billion euro fine previously imposed was cancelled.

His supporters expressed disappointment at the Sunday deadline, which they maintained could have been longer under French law.

 

 

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