France banker suicide
A French banker leapt to her death close to the French Ministry of Finance in Paris Reuters

A female French banker leapt to her death from a 14-storey window at French bank Bred-Banque-Populaire's Paris office after clashing with bosses.

The 52-year-old woman, named only as Lydia, jumped from the bank's riverside headquarters at approximately 10am on Tuesday, according to France TV and Le Parisien.

She reportedly questioned her superiors before the lethal plunge, a claim the bank refuted, adding she had been in therapy for several years.

The bank circulated an email confirming the suicide, adding it was a "very painful moment for the company."

Lydia, who is thought to have lived alone, was described as "secretive" but "very well known and popular" and had a good relationship with staff.

She is the first female finance professional that has taken their life after spate of suicides around the world rocked the industry.

In April former Netherlands ABN Amro CEO Jan Peter Schmittmann murdered his family before taking his own life after suffering a bout of severe depression.

The 57-year-old killed wife Nelly, also 57, and 22-year-old daughter Babette at their family home in Laren, 20 miles southeast of Amsterdam.