Fab The Fantabulous Spending 'Me Time' In France

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As previously mentioned, the most Fantabulous banker at Goldman Sachs, Fabrice Tourre, took a completely and totally voluntary leave of absence yesterday from his gig at the bank's London office. He reportedly took off for France soon after the news of his involvement in the scandal du jour broke, perhaps to weep into a pillow in his childhood bed while being comforted by mother. That, and to escape the British politicians giving him shit for potentially receiving a bonus well-deserved.

A Goldman Sachs banker facing fraud charges is in line for a massive bonus, it emerged yesterday. The bank said the 31-year-old Frenchborn broker has done 'nothing wrong' and there was no need to suspend him during the American investigation. It means Mr Tourre, who moved from the U.S. to London in 2008, can claim a sizeable slice of the £3.2billion bonus bonanza expected to be announced by the Wall Street giant today.

Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesman Vince Cable said Mr Tourre should have been suspended, and added: 'Goldman Sachs shows extraordinary arrogance in the way they are handling this case. Labour MP Lindsay Hoyle, a member of the Commons Business and Innovation Select Committee, said: ‘Once again people’s confidence will be shattered by the news that a senior broker has been charged and yet carries on working, no doubt rubbing his hands at the thought of his next bonus.

Goldman Sachs banker facing fraud charges bags share of mega £3.2bn payout [Daily Mail via Daily Intel]

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