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#L'Oreal Heiress

From TheJournal.ie The world's richest woman, Liliane Bettencourt, has died aged 94 L'Oreal Heiress

The world's richest woman, Liliane Bettencourt, has died aged 94

Bettencourt was declared unfit to run her own affairs in 2011.

From TheJournal.ie Sarkozy calls corruption charge 'unfair and unfounded' Nicolas Sarkozy

Sarkozy calls corruption charge 'unfair and unfounded'

The former French president is accused of accepting envelopes stuffed with cash from ailing L’Oreal heiress Bettencourt to fund his 2007 election campaign.

From TheJournal.ie French newspaper claims Sarkozy ordered spying Bettencourt Scandal

French newspaper claims Sarkozy ordered spying

Le Monde accuses French president of calling for surveillance on reporters.

FRENCH POLICE INVESTIGATING possible tax evasion and political corruption by the L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt have questioned the country’s labour minister.

An investigation was launched earlier this year after tapes secretly recorded by Bettencourt’s butler appeared to suggest Bettencourt was considering ways to avoiding paying tax in France.

Minister Eric Woerth has been accused of accepting illegal donactions on behalf of the UMP party. His wife, Florence Woerth, worked as Bettencourt’s financial adviser, but stepped down from her post last month.

Woerth has said he never helped his wife to be hired by the man handing Bettencourt’s estate. He said, “My wife had a normal career, she was hired in normal conditions,” and blamed the press for the “confusion” surrounding the case.

Bettencourt is believed to hold a fortune worth over €17 billion, making her France’s richest woman. One former employee, Claire Thibout, told authorities the heiress had made illegal donations to Woerth and Sarkozy’s successful election campaign in 2007.  Both deny the allegations.

Bettencourt’s estranged daughter’s house was searched by investigators yesterday, and diaries and computers were seized.