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Hearing Confirmed in Bettencourt Case

Four days are scheduled in early July in case involving daughter of L’Oréal’s founder.

A court in Nanterre, France, confirmed Thursday it will hold a hearing in the case pitting Françoise Bettencourt Meyers against photographer François-Marie Banier on July 1, 2, 5 and 6. Bettencourt Meyers originally brought the lawsuit against Banier in December 2007. She alleges Banier’s “exploitation of weakness” of her mother, 87-year-old Liliane Bettencourt, who gave him assets valued at almost 1 billion euros, or $1.35 billion at current exchange. Bettencourt, the daughter of L’Oréal’s founder, argues she is sound and acting on her own free will.