52 Year-Old French Banker Jumps To Her Death In Paris (After Questioning Her Superiors)

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There have been 13 senior financial services executives deaths around the world this year, but the most notable thing about the sad suicide of the 14th, a 52-year-old banker at France's Bred-Banque-Populaire, is she is the first female. As Le Parisien reports, Lydia (no surname given) jumped from the bank's Paris headquarter's 14th floor shortly before 10am. FranceTV added that sources said "she questioned her superiors before jumping out the window," but the bank denies it noting that she had been in therpapy for several years.


FranceTV and Le Parisien reports,

An employee of the Bred-Banque Populaire has committed suicide, Tuesday, April 22 in the morning at the headquarters of the bank. On her arrival at headquarters, quai de la Rapee, in the 12th arrondissement of Paris...


The incident occurred shortly before 10 am, 200 meters from the Ministry of Finance.




According to our sources, she questioned his superiors before jumping out the window, that formally denies the direction of the Bank.


"There is absolutely no evidence for designating his relationships with his hierarchy as responsible or letter or message " insists the direction of the communication FranceTV info.


It also speaks of a "very painful moment for the company" .




In an email to all employees consulted by FranceTV info, the management of the bank confirms the "death by suicide" and said "severely affected." It shows have established a psychological unit.




"For the moment, nothing puts the company in question, says the majority union SUNI-Bred/UNSA. The employee got along very well with her new team, her superior is very nice.


"According to a close," Lydia lived alone, in a difficult environment.


The human resources department states that this inhabitant of Ivry was in therapy for several years. Each describes a "secretive" but "very well known and popular" woman, but "never spoke of it."

This is the 14th financial services exective death in recent months...

1 - William Broeksmit, 58-year-old former senior executive at Deutsche Bank AG, was found dead in his home after an apparent suicide in South Kensington in central London, on January 26th.

2 - Karl Slym, 51 year old Tata Motors managing director Karl Slym, was found dead on the fourth floor of the Shangri-La hotel in Bangkok on January 27th.

3 - Gabriel Magee, a 39-year-old JP Morgan employee, died after falling from the roof of the JP Morgan European headquarters in London on January 27th.

4 - Mike Dueker, 50-year-old chief economist of a US investment bank was found dead close to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington State.

5 - Richard Talley, the 57 year old founder of American Title Services in Centennial, Colorado, was found dead earlier this month after apparently shooting himself with a nail gun.

6 - Tim Dickenson, a U.K.-based communications director at Swiss Re AG, also died last month, however the circumstances surrounding his death are still unknown.

7 - Ryan Henry Crane, a 37 year old executive at JP Morgan died in an alleged suicide just a few weeks ago.  No details have been released about his death aside from this small obituary announcement at the Stamford Daily Voice.

8 - Li Junjie, 33-year-old banker in Hong Kong jumped from the JP Morgan HQ in Hong Kong this week.

9 - James Stuart Jr, Former National Bank of Commerce CEO, found dead in Scottsdale, Ariz., the morning of Feb. 19. A family spokesman did not say whatcaused the death

10 - Edmund (Eddie) Reilly, 47, a trader at Midtown’s Vertical Group, commited suicide by jumping in front of LIRR train

11 - Kenneth Bellando, 28, a trader at Levy Capital, formerly investment banking analyst at JPMorgan, jumped to his death from his 6th floor East Side apartment.

12 - Jan Peter Schmittmann, 57, the former CEO of Dutch bank ABN Amro found dead at home near Amsterdam with wife and daughter.

13 - Li Jianhua, 49, the director of China's Banking Regulatory Commission died of a sudden heart attack

14 - Lydia _____, 52 - jumped to her suicide from the 14th floor of Bred-Banque Populaire in Paris

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capitallosses's picture

Seems the mobility is falling downward rapidly.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Jumpez vous fuckers!

Hulk's picture

But before you jump, Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir ???

Tengri Temujin's picture

She was 52 Hulksters, menopausal and dry

walküre's picture

you don't know what the Hulkster likes, do you?

McMolotov's picture

Let the bodies hit the floor, let the bodies hit the floor...

Portuguese Revolutionary's picture

This looks like banker scum tying up loose ends...

lemonobrien's picture

she has 4 kids too; that's what sent her over the edge; her oldest was an honors student. you gotta know its hard raising honors students.


I'm sure it was just postpartum depression.  Oh wait, she's 52.....that can't be it.  She could easily be a grandmother....granny jumping, so awesome. 

falak pema's picture

I think she was depressed because Segolene said low neck lines were verboten in France on women employees from now on. Some women take those remarks personally and when you have pretty tits you like your male colleagues to notice them to get some consideration; like in Mad men.

Maybe she flipped. Pretty depressing if low necklines are out and no bonuses are in.

Mike in GA's picture

Yeah, low necklines are looked down on in my office, too.

NYPoke's picture

Trust me, it is hard raising Juvenile Delinquents.  I have both.  The Honor Student keeps me alive.

Hobo Sapien's picture

I dunno, I keep picturing it just like the scene from N. Roeg's The Man Who Fell To Earth, when Buck Henry's character gets taken out; two anonymous gorillas in grey suits show up, don't say a word, pick Buck up be the feet and shoulders, and count of three toss him at the window of his upper skyscraper office. Poor Buck bounces off the glass the first time, seemed like it hurt. But the gorillas silently try it again, and this time Buck goes through, and gets a short flying lesson. Creeped me right out, but the sequence has stuck with me as always being a possibility at those levels of power.

Brokenarrow's picture

There is a special hell for all bastard bankers. I wish them all a speedy trip.

Rainman's picture

Wake me only for CFO and above jumpers. I don't have time for this.

williambanzai7's picture

Be prepared for a long nap...

Pure Evil's picture

When he finally wakes up we'll have to call him Rip Van Winkle.

Yen Cross's picture

      The cheapskate banksters need to invest in some chickenwire to keep their flock from trying to suicide itself.

SheepDog-One's picture

13 bankster deaths, hey it's a good start.

Devotional's picture

"I believe I can ffffffffff ....."

burn in hell fuckers!

Pure Evil's picture

I'll take all the gold for control of the world, Alex.

BidnessMan's picture

A double bounce ? I thought a dead cat only bounced once. Maybe Bankers are different.

Spumoni's picture

Exquisite, WB. +whatever you like.

mtndds's picture

jump you cock sucking prick fuckers!!

Conax's picture

It's perfectly understandable.  She went to work and the coffee was cold. Despondent, she asked her superior if she could go out for some, he said "Oui, tresbien," so she plummeted to her ghastly death in the street below.

Nothing to see here, move along, move along.

WillyGroper's picture

According to our sources, she questioned his superiors before jumping out the window, that formally denies the direction of the Bank.


"There is absolutely no evidence for designating hisrelationships with his hierarchy as responsible or letter or message " insists the direction of the communication FranceTV info.



I'm sofakingconfused. She, he, he-she?


LetThemEatRand's picture

Probably just google translate.  "her" and "his" in French are both "son."

NotApplicable's picture

The only thing I can take away from it is that they're possibly speaking of the Minister of Finance???

Or the banker suicide news release template was written for males?

blindman's picture

and wouldn't the correct term be "fell" from the window.
"jump" would be from the ground into the building
through the window. i don't trust this source.

Spumoni's picture

This is what happens when a modern lamestream journalist uses Google to translate le francais. Their vocabulary does not include the words "proofread,"  "syntax"  or "grammar." Strunk and White mean nothing to them.

Bernoulli's picture

Sorry, I am not sure if it makes sense to keep that list up and running.

How many people work in banking and is this number really that high?

An average suicide rate of 10 to 20 per 100'000 every year should be considered normal (hate to quote Wikipedia, but here it is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_suicide_rate)

And why would bankers kill themselves more than in the past years? Conscience? I don't think so.

Conax's picture

I'm not the red arrow guy, but what is the suicide rate among the rich, like these banksters?

Poor people have little 'accidents' all the time, but rich people?

Pure Evil's picture

The real question is, how many are suiciding themselves off of bank towers?

Bernoulli's picture

In France, several suicides happened at the workplace or that were connected to work over the last years. Renault, Areva, France Telecom (apparently 20 suicides in 2009 alone).

Also in Switzerland, two suicides happened at Swisscom (CEO) and Zurich Insurance (CFO). And everybody was discussing about the pressure of nowadays work.

I am questioning the statistical relevance of such "single" data points that are not put in perspective.

And on top of that I am not sure if this is a strong argument confirming something is wrong in the banking and financial industry.

There are hundreds of other stronger arguments.

Bernoulli's picture

I don't have numbers, but my guess would be it's generally significantly higher than among the "poor"...


Bazza McKenzie's picture

While the general statistical issue you raise is valid, the list does not, for instance, include tellers, secretaries, IT staff, call centre operatives, etc.  So it is a list of those directly involved in the more manipulative aspects of "banking".  Question then is what is the size of that group.

knukles's picture

A chicken in every pot, a banker splattering on every sidewalk

kchrisc's picture

Wadsworth?! Is that you?!

CHX's picture

she cunt fly - 2368999 to go.

Lumberjack's picture

I have a very serious question. How many of these bankers have dealt with Chevron accounts over the the last year or so?

Notsobadwlad's picture

One kind of wonders why no suicide note explaining the motive... at least none publicly disclosed.

kchrisc's picture

"You can check-out, but you can never leave..."