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The entrance of a BNP Paribas bank branch is pictured in central Paris.
The entrance of a BNP Paribas bank branch is pictured in central Paris.
(CHARLES PLATIAU/REUTERS)

Uncle Sam saves harshest punishment for foreign firms

Uncle Sam is cooking up penalties with an anti-foreign flavour. New research suggests that overseas firms like BNP Paribas do in fact pay bigger fines and plead guilty more often than U.S. companies. One reason may be that prosecutors target only the most serious cases abroad. But the differences feed suspicions that America is playing favourites.