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Bettencourt’s Guardianship Unchanged

The heiress’ appeal concerning legal protection will be examined on Dec. 14.

PARIS — A French appeals court on Friday turned down a request by Liliane Bettencourt to have her temporary guardianship suspended or structurally altered.

 

The 89-year-old L’Oréal heiress in early November had asked the court in Versailles, France, to make her grandson Jean-Victor Meyers provisionally her sole guardian.

 

In mid-October, Bettencourt was placed under his guardianship, but her holdings were put under the protection of Meyers, plus her daughter, Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, and her other grandson, Nicolas Meyers.

 

That prompted Bettencourt’s lawyers to launch an appeal, which will be examined by the Versailles court separately on Dec. 14.

 

The Bettencourt affair was thrust back into the spotlight less than a year after the mother and daughter declared a cease-fire in their long-running tussle.

 

Bettencourt Meyers had made numerous requests for her mother’s guardianship protection during the saga, which began in December 2007, when the daughter brought a lawsuit against photographer François-Marie Banier. Bettencourt Meyers alleged Banier exploited the weakness of Bettencourt, who gave him assets valued at about 1 billion euros, or $1.35 billion at current exchange.

 

Some criminal allegations are also still winding their way through the French legal system that sprang from the Bettencourt scandal. Those suits were transferred from the Paris suburb of Nanterre to Bordeaux last November in the interest of securing a fairer hearing.