Lunchtime Links: The new chief executive of BNP Paribas only sleeps for four hours a night

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While António Horta-Osório is busy resting and readying himself to reapply for his own job after taking medical leave for stress and exhaustion, it transpires that BNP’s new chief executive is a man who usually works fourteen hour days.

An article on our French site points out that Jean-Laurent Bonnafé works from 7.30am until 10pm and sleeps a mere four hours a night. "We'll have to rest in the cemetery, no?," he told French magazine, Challenges. Michel Pébereau, BNP's departing chief executive and its chairman, is quoted elsewhere as being all excited about Bonnafé's "grande capacité de travail." The French reputation for long lunches and 35 hour weeks lies tattered at Bonnafé's feet.

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