French police detain Bettencourt friend and finance advisor

15th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

French police on Thursday detained for questioning a friend of L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt and a second man who manages her fortune, a source close to the investigation said.

Celebrity photographer Francois-Marie Banier and financial advisor Patrice de Maistre were among four people formally detained at the Paris office of the financial crimes unit, the judicial source told AFP.

Police have opened three investigations involving Bettencourt, France's richest woman, following allegations of tax evasion and of illegal donations to President Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 election campaign.

© 2010 AFP

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