Police search home of L'Oreal heiress daughter: official

28th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

French police on Wednesday searched the home of the daughter of L'Oreal cosmetics heiress Liliane Bettencourt amid probes into the billionaire's financial affairs, a judicial official said.

The search targeted the home of Francoise Bettencourt-Meyers, the estranged daughter of the 87-year-old heiress, in the upmarket Paris suburb of Neuilly.

Le Figaro newspaper website said the aim of the police raid was to find out what prompted Liliane Bettencourt's butler to secretly record his employer's conversations.

Those tapes allegedly suggest that the heiress discussed major tax evasion with her financial advisor. Her daughter has denied she encouraged the butler to make the tapes.

Bettencourt-Meyers alleges people close to her mother have taken advantage of the heiress, whom she claims is no longer in a fit mental state to manage her 16-billion-euro (20-billion-dollar) fortune.

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.

© 2010 AFP

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