Police search headquarters of Sarkozy's UMP party

9th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Police searched the headquarters of France's UMP party as part of investigations linked to L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, including allegations that implicated a minister, the party said Wednesday.

The allegations have included tax evasion and illegal campaign funding that implicated French Labour Minister Eric Woerth.

"They essentially visited the floor which houses the finance offices and the basement for the archives," a source close to the UMP secretary-general Jean-Francois Cope told AFP.

The search by police financial investigators was carried out on Monday.

The Bettencourt/Woerth affair embarrassed President Nicolas Sarkozy's government last summer, when a former employee of Bettencourt alleged his UMP party had received illegal funding from the billionaire.

Woerth and the government have repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

© 2011 AFP

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