is a fictional character created by Émile Zola
in his 20-novel cycle Les Rougon-Macquart
. Saccard (a pseudonym of the character Aristide Rougon) is the central figure in the novels La Curée
(1872) and L'Argent
(1891), and features in a number of other books in the cycle. A ruthless and greedy financier, his name is still used in France
as a byword for corporate or plutocratic figures driven by lust for money.