French minister denied wrongdoing in police grilling: lawyer

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French Labour Minister Eric Woerth denied any wrongdoing when police questioned him Thursday in connection with financial scandals surrounding France's richest woman, his lawyer said.

Police questioned Woerth for eight hours as part of inquiries into whether L'Oreal cosmetics heiress Liliane Bettencourt illegally bankrolled President Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 election campaign and other allegations.

Woerth's lawyer Jean-Yves Leborgne said after the police interview that the minister had denied any wrongdoing or conflict of interest and argued that his client was now "out of the controversy."

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