French minister Woerth questioned in L'Oreal probe: police

29th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

French police began questioning Labour Minister Eric Woerth on Thursday in their probe into the financial affairs of France's richest woman, L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, officers said.

Investigators came to Woerth's offices in the labour ministry to conduct the interview, police officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Plain clothes officers were seen at the Paris ministry at 8.30am (0630 GMT).

Detectives are conducting an inquiry launched after secretly recorded tapes appeared to reveal a conversation between Bettencourt and her business adviser in which they allegedly discussed means of avoiding French tax.

Woerth's name also came up in the recording, during which the shampoo billionaire appears to sign a cheque for his political campaign, but the minister has firmly denied any conflict of interest.

© 2010 AFP

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