This spoof news story followed the real ones about how the French derivatives trader at Societe General HQ in Paris managed to lose 3.7billion Euros.
Friends of rogue trader Jerome Kerviel last night blamed his $7 billion lossses on unbearable levels of stress brought on by a punishing 30-hour week.
'Kerviel was known to start work as early as nine in the morning and still be at his desk at five or even five thirty, often with just an hour and a half for lunch. One colleague said 'He was, how you say, un workaholique.' I have a family and a mistress so I would leave the office at around 2pm at the latest, if I wasn't on strike. But Jerome was tied to that desk.'