L'Oreal scandal: French minister to be quizzed by police

21st July 2010, Comments 0 comments

President Nicolas Sarkozy's government gave police the go-ahead to question Employment Minister Eric Woerth on Wednesday, after he was accused of receiving cash donations from France's richest woman.

Woerth, who has already stood down as chief fundraiser for Sarkozy's party, has been implicated in a series of financial scandals surrounding L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt's 17-billion-euro (21-billion-dollar) fortune.

He insists he has done nothing wrong and that he will not resign, but Sarkozy and his cabinet decided at their weekly meeting to allow officers probing the case to interview the minister, a government official said.

© 2010 AFP

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