PARIS — The Bettencourt affair took another twist on Wednesday, when Patrice de Maistre, Liliane Bettencourt’s financial adviser, was questioned again, largely about being decorated with the Legion of Honor in 2008. The questioning was part of a preliminary investigation launched by the prosecutor of Nanterre, France, a spokeswoman confirmed.
De Maistre was decorated with the award by Eric Woerth, currently France’s labor minister, but who at the time was the country’s budget minister.
Earlier this summer, Woerth was questioned about alleged illegal political donations and how his wife, Florence Woerth, came to oversee part of Bettencourt’s finances.
Claire Thibout, Bettencourt’s former accountant, was questioned on Tuesday.
Such investigations are part of what’s now called the Bettencourt affair, which stems from the lawsuit brought by Bettencourt’s daughter, Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, against photographer François-Marie Banier in December 2007. She alleges Banier’s “exploitation of weakness” of Bettencourt, the 87-year-old daughter of L’Oréal’s founder and owner of 31 percent of the company (as of year-end 2009). Bettencourt gave him assets valued at about 1 billion euros, or $1.27 billion at current exchange, and argues that she was acting of her own free will.
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
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For Lady Gaga’s only Italian show on her “Joanne World Tour,” the singer wore a range of @versace_official outfits. The standout piece: this custom-made bodysuit inspired by the brand’s spring 2018 collection. #wwdfashion (RG: @ladygaga)
@_camillaruth_ is expanding on the wellness-craze concept with @westbourne – a new NYC restaurant that’s both a healthy-minded café as well as a business that gives back to the community. Marcus works with the Robin Hood foundation to give back to The Door, a non-profit providing youth development services, and also hires employees through The Door. Read our full interview with Marcus on giving back through food on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)