This is no Pope joke.
Bloomberg News reports that Jerome Kerviel, the former Societe Generale trader convicted for fraudulent transactions that resulted in a record loss at the French bank, has hit the road to draw attention to what he calls the tyranny of finance.
Kerviel began walking the 1,400-kilometer, or 875-mile, distance from Rome to Paris on February 24 to protest against the 'abuses' of finance, a few days after a brief meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican, his lawyer said. The 37-year-old former trader, who was convicted in 2012, risks being jailed if his last appeal is rejected this month.
'He has been deprived of everything for the past six years, but not of this; he’s a free man', Kerviel’s lawyer, David Koubbi, said. 'It’s a walk to meet people, cross nice places and carry the words of the holy father'. The Pope has criticized modern capitalism for its 'idolatry of money'.
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