PARIS — Liliane Bettencourt — through lawyer Jean-René Farthouat — on Friday asked a judge in the appeals court of Versailles, France, to make her grandson Jean-Victor Meyers provisionally her sole guardian.
As reported, in mid-October the 89-year-old L’Oréal heiress 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.
The judge has urged the family to try and reconcile before Nov. 18, when he will otherwise hand down a decision regarding the guardianship.
Meanwhile, Bettencourt’s lawyers had already launched an appeal of the decision made in the middle of last month by the guardianship judge of Courbevoie, France.
Such developments over the past couple of weeks have focused the spotlight back on the Bettencourt scandal 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 guardianship protection during the Bettencourt affair, which began in December 2007, when the daughter brought a lawsuit against photographer François-Marie Banier. She alleged Banier exploited the weakness of Bettencourt, who gave him assets valued at about 1 billion euros, or $1.38 billion at current exchange.
On Nov. 10, judges in Bordeaux, France, are meant to decide on whether a medical exam of Bettencourt be annulled, as her defense has requested.
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.