Forget the financial crisis of last autumn and the promises made by bankers that lessons had been learnt and things would be different in the future.
The French bank BNP Paribas, one of this country's biggest, has announced second-quarter net profits of over €1.6 billion or 6.6 per cent and along with it of course come bonuses for its traders for a job well done.
And not just a couple of centimes scattered here and there, but a full €1 billion more than in 2008 according to the national daily, Libération.
It's a figure, although not denied by the bank, that isn't far off the mark as it admits in a written statement released in response to the article.
"Libération's calculations are close to the amount," it read. "But in any case at the moment they're only virtual bonuses because they won't actually be paid out until the end of the year depending on the results."
Oh well, that's all right then. They're just "virtual bonuses" and traders won't be taking home wallets stuffed to overflowing - well not quite yet.
But wait. There's more. As well as confirming the news, the bank actually justifies it too,
And it comes from none other than the BNP Paribas CEO himself, Baudouin Prot.
In an interview with the daily financial newspaper, La Tribune, Prot clearly doesn't see a problem admitting that the bank has plans to pay out bigger-than-expected bonuses.
"As far as paying bonuses to traders is concerned we have been one of the first banks in the world to respect scrupulously the recommendation of the G20," he said.
"For example, we intend to spread bonuses over several years and make them dependent on results and not revenue," he added
"Those are the principles we're going to apply for 2009."
Reassuring words indeed from a man who also insists that the "crisis has changed us".
Ah yes, as it proudly promotes itself on its official website, BNP Paribas really is La banque d'un monde qui change" or "The bank for a changing world".
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