7 thoughts on “Sarkozy’s financial scandal in France

  1. Sarkozy moves to mend reputation

    France: French President Nicolas Sarkozy appeared on national television on Monday night in a bid to salvage his administration’s tattered reputation.

    Mr Sarkozy firmly rejected allegations that he took illegal cash donations from France’s richest woman, saying: “France is not a corrupt country – French public officials are people of great rigour.”

    He backed Labour Minister Eric Woerth, accused of accepting €150,000 from Liliane Bettencourt, but said he would advise Mr Woerth to step down as treasurer of the ruling UMP party.


  2. L’Oreal heiress quizzed on tax

    France: The heiress to the L’Oreal cosmetics fortune was questioned by French investigators on Monday in a probe into her finances that has rocked President Nicolas Sarkozy’s government.

    Police questioned Liliane Bettencourt, the richest woman in Europe, as a witness in a probe into alleged tax evasion – one prong of a multifaceted investigation that has mushroomed in recent weeks to include claims of illegal financing of Sarkozy’s 2007 election campaign.


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