Police question L'Oréal heiress

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The Independent Online

Police questioned France's richest woman about suspected tax evasion and money laundering in a scandal that has shaken the government.

Liliane Bettencourt, 87, the L'Oréal heiress, was expected to be asked to explain two undeclared Swiss bank accounts and an island in the Seychelles mentioned on recordings by a former butler and published in the media. She has said she will repatriate the Swiss funds.

She may also be quizzed about allegations by a former bookkeeper that she made large, illegal donations to conservative politicians.