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The Bettencourt scandal - the L'Oréal heiress, the photographer and the president

What started as a family spat over what France's richest woman was doing with her money has turned into the political scandal of the year, if not the decade, with claims of confict of interest, illegal political donations, tax evasion ... President Nicolas Sarkozy and his ministers have been dragged in. Read our analysis and reports.

 
28/03/2013 - France

French judge in Sarkozy investigation recieves bullet, death threats

The row over the decision last week by magistrates to place French former president Nicolas Sarkozy under formal investigation, took a sinister turn on Thursday after the judge at the centre of the ...
22/03/2013 - France

Sarkozy 'scandalised' by Bettencourt finance charges

Nicolas Sarkozy considers his treatment at the hands of a Bordeaux judge “scandalous”, his lawyer said Friday, following the former French president’s shock indictment for ...
07/07/2010 - France - Bettencourt affair analysis

Bettencourt scandal cranks up pressure on Sarkozy

Who would have guessed that a row between the mother and daughter of France’s richest family would end up toppling ministers and even threaten the career of the president himself?
08/07/2010 - France - background

Will the Bettencourt scandal help the far right?

President Nicolas Sarkozy’s allies claim that publicising the Bettencourt affair is aiding and abetting the extreme right. That’s a strange accusation to foreign ears.

08/07/2010 - France - Bettencourt affair background

French politics no stranger to scandals

The Bettencourt case is by no means the first scandal to rock French politics. In the early 20th century corruption cases led to governments falling.
16/07/2010 - France 24

The heiress, the butler, the minister: Who's who in the Bettencourt trial

It’s one of France’s most incendiary scandals, involving a cast of characters from across France’s elite business and political circles.
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Former French president, Nicolas Sarkozy
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Eric Woerth at the National Assembly in Paris on 7 February 2012
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Liliane Bettencourt, le 26 janvier 2011.
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French President Nicolas Sarkozy
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France's Labour Minister Eric Woerth attends UMP youth congress in a Paris suburb, August 31, 2010.
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Alain-Dominique Perrin (L) President of the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art, and French Labour Minister Eric Woerth
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French lawyer Leborgne, who represents French Labour Minister Woerth, speaks to the media in Paris
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France's President Sarkozy seen in this video grab from France2 Television
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France 24 on the Bettencourt scandal
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