DAIGREMONT, a Paris financier who was possessed of an enormous fortune.
It was said that his fidelity was not quite reliable, and that on one
occasion at least he played his allies false and swept away the profits.
He was approached by Saccard before the foundation of the Universal
Bank, and being assured that Eugene Rougon was to back up his brother,
he agreed to become one of the directors. He supported Saccard during
the great gamble in the shares of the bank, and even on the day of the
collapse had promised to come on the market and buy so heavily as to put
up the price of the shares. Having received information through
Jacoby that Gundermann was determined at any cost to break the market,
Daigremont deserted Saccard, and instead of buying, sold all the shares
he had, thereby bringing about the final collapse. L'Argent.