L'Oreal scandal: Police search Sarkozy party headquarters

9th September 2010, Comments 0 comments

French police probing a party financing scandal linked to L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt have searched the headquarters of President Nicolas Sarkozy's majority UMP, the party said Thursday.

Police from the financial investigations squad searched the Paris headquarters on Wednesday afternoon, the party's leader Xavier Bertrand said.

Several judicial investigations are under way into affairs linked to Bettencourt's fortune, including allegations of tax evasion and illegal campaign funding that have implicated Labour Minister Eric Woerth.

Woerth was until recently chief UMP fundraiser, but denies any wrongdoing. He has been politically weakened and the long-running investigation has undermined his and Sarkozy's attempt to push through pensions reform.

© 2010 AFP

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