Jerome Kerviel's March through Italy
13 images Created 20 Jun 2016
I first met Jerome Kerviel back in mid February 2014. He was frightened to be recognized while we were having lunch together at a restaurant in Rome at Campo dei Fiori. I didn’t have any idea he was the most indebted man of the world for $6.8 billion convicted in 2008 by Société Générale for trading loss for breach of trust, forgery and unauthorized use of the bank’s computers, resulting in losses .“I was both a participant in and a victim of the system he denounced,”, while being a trader at french Societe’ Generale. I just met the guy. One week later he met briefly Pope Francis at the end of his general weekly audience at the Vatican. He had previously sent a letter to him denouncing that he participated in the work of finance at its worst, most unhealthy and most shameful,”. Jerome started a long walk march at the end of February from Rome back to France publicizing Pope Francis’s November attack on the “tyranny” of financial markets. “I was both a participant in and a victim of the system he denounced,” he said to media.I managed to follow him during his march in Tuscany . His walk was fast, he was determined, never complaining even when he had pain with his feet. We had lunch and dinner together at the end of each days of his walk, he was enjoying the landscape of beautiful Italy and feeling peaceful,we laughed a lot, he was a new man.I followed him till Siena…On march 19 his sentence to 3 years of jail was confirmed but his debt of $6.8 billion was cancelled. After 2 months he’s in Ventimiglia now , at the border between Italy and France.I can’t be there ….unfortunately . I see the images, the videos he has a great support from his committee including its president, the bishop of Gap as well as Fr Patrice GourrierJ and his lawyer David Coubby Tomorrow he’s expected to cross the border and he has been ordered by French authorities to present himself at the police station in Menton by Sunday at the latest, where he is very likely to be imprisoned.He is appealing to President François Hollande to intervene and offer immunity for anyone who might testify on his behalf.