By  on September 3, 2009

PARIS — There will be a second hearing, on Dec. 11, in the case pitting Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, the granddaughter of L’Oréal’s founder, against the photographer François-Marie Banier, the court of Nanterre, France, decided Thursday.

It is the latest chapter in an ongoing saga, which began in December 2007, when Bettencourt Meyers lodged a complaint in the prosecutor’s office of Nanterre for “exploitation of weakness.” This followed her mother, Liliane Bettencourt, giving Banier gifts of almost 1 billion euros, or $1.43 billion at current exchange, in the form of financial investments and artwork.

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