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Updated: September 2, 2010 18:22 IST

Police question French minister in L'Oreal affair

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This July 14, 2010 file photo shows French Labour Minister Eric Woerth and his wife Florence attending the traditional Bastille Day military parade. AP.
This July 14, 2010 file photo shows French Labour Minister Eric Woerth and his wife Florence attending the traditional Bastille Day military parade. AP.

Financial police are questioning Labour Minister Eric Woerth about his connection to the heiress of the L’Oreal cosmetics fortune in a scandal that has reached the highest levels of President Nicolas Sarkozy’s government.

A source close to the investigation who declined to be named because he was not authorized to speak to media said the questioning was under way on Thursday at the Labour Ministry.

Mr. Woerth is expected to be questioned about numerous issues, including a possible role in her alleged tax evasion, illegal campaign financing for Mr. Sarkozy’s political party and conflicts of interest. Mr. Woerth denies the claims.

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