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  1. March 7, 2014

    French investigators tapped phones of Nicolas Sarkozy

    French investigators tapped the phones of Nicolas Sarkozy as part of a probe into alleged illegal financing of his 2007...

  2. February 11, 2014

    Bettencourt family – riches and a public falling out

    Liliane Bettencourt is renowned as France’s richest woman, thanks to her stake in L’Oréal, but she is also famed in her...

  1. February 11, 2014

    Nestlé sells €6bn L’Oréal stake back to cosmetics group

    Nestlé is stepping back from its 40-year relationship with L’Oréal by selling a €6bn stake in the cosmetics maker back to...

  2. October 7, 2013

    Court drops election funding case against Nicolas Sarkozy

    French judges have dropped a case against Nicolas Sarkozy over allegations that he solicited illegal election funds from...

  3. June 19, 2013

    Former French spy chief indicted for snooping on journalist

    France’s former domestic spy chief is to face trial for ordering the seizure of the phone records of a journalist...

  4. March 28, 2013

    Nicolas Sarkozy’s road from the Elysée to private equity

    In mid-December, some of Europe’s best-connected businessmen gathered in Paris to discuss a highly sensitive project:...

  5. March 21, 2013

    Sarkozy faces probe over donation claims

    Nicolas Sarkozy, the former French president, has been placed under formal investigation in a probe into allegations of...

  6. March 18, 2013

    Elite barrister Metzner found dead

    The death of one of France’s most formidable criminal barristers, whose clients included Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega...

  7. November 23, 2012

    Sarkozy boosted as UMP reels

    The spectacle of Nicolas Sarkozy being whisked away from court after a 12-hour grilling by judges investigating allegations...

  8. November 22, 2012

    Sarkozy in court amid UMP troubles

    Nicolas Sarkozy, the former French president, was questioned on Thursday by judges probing allegations that he took illicit...

  9. September 26, 2012

    Glamorous and rich, L’Oréal goes shopping

    L’Oréal has a glamorous image, but the view from the chief executive’s office in a dreary northern Paris suburb is anything...

  10. September 26, 2012

    L’Oréal chief hits out at 75% income tax

    France will find it “almost impossible” to hire top talent if the government goes ahead with plans to impose a 75 per cent...

  11. July 3, 2012

    Police search Sarkozy home and offices

    French police on Tuesday raided the Paris home and offices of Nicolas Sarkozy, the former French president, in connection...

  12. April 3, 2012

    Sarko’s swirling stink bomb

    Nicolas Sarkozy dismisses it as an election campaign “stink bomb” concocted by his opponents. The leftwing newspaper...

  13. February 17, 2012

    Letter from Lex: grand tours

    In centuries past, Europe’s moneyed gentry used to undertake grand tours of the Continent. These days it is travelling...

  14. February 17, 2012

    L’Oréal starts a new chapter

    L’Oréal has turned a page in its 102-year history with the resignation of Liliane Bettencourt, the 89-year-old heiress, from...

  15. February 14, 2012

    L’Oréal ready for the next generation

    L’Oréal has turned a page in its 102-year history after the resignation of Liliane Bettencourt, the 89-year-old heiress,...

  16. February 14, 2012

    L’Oréal: is it worth it?

    Few 25-year-olds occupy a board seat in a €50bn company. Jean-Victor Meyers, however, is not your average recent graduate....

  17. February 13, 2012

    Bettencourt steps down from L’Oréal board

    Liliane Bettencourt, the octogenarian billionaire heiress to the L’Oréal fortune, has stepped down from the board of the...

  18. February 9, 2012

    Sarkozy’s former treasurer investigated

    Nicolas Sarkozy’s former party treasurer will be investigated for alleged influence-peddling as part of an inquiry into...

  19. January 18, 2012

    Bettencourt loses court battle

    Liliane Bettencourt, the 89-year L’Oréal heiress who is France’s richest woman, has lost an appeal to retain control of her...

  20. December 15, 2011

    A French trial

    What had once been described as “the trial of Vercingetorix” has come to an unexpected end. Jacques Chirac, the former...

  21. October 21, 2011

    L’Oréal’s grande dame puts Paris in a ferment

    It was one of those rare chance encounters. Exactly a year ago at Asiate, the swanky restaurant on the 35th floor of the...

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    October 18, 2011

    French court rules L’Oréal heiress mentally unfit

    Liliane Bettencourt, the 88-year-old L’Oréal heiress who is France’s richest woman, has lost her bitter three-year battle...

  23. October 17, 2011

    French court rules L’Oréal heiress mentally unfit

    Liliane Bettencourt, the 88-year-old L’Oréal heiress who is France’s richest woman, has lost her bitter three-year battle...

  24. September 9, 2011

    Discount the revolting rich at your peril

    It used to be the peasants who revolted against repressive taxation. Now some fear that the rich will revolt, notably the 20...

  25. August 31, 2011

    Sarkozy denies fresh Bettencourt cash claims

    The office of Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, has vigorously denied new allegations that he took undeclared campaign...

  26. August 26, 2011

    Taxing the rich: trend has legs

    The rich are different. Not only do they have more money; some of them want to give the taxman more. In France and the US,...

  27. August 23, 2011

    France’s wealthy call for tax on rich

    Some of France’s wealthiest individuals, including the L’Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, have called for a tax on the...

  28. June 23, 2011

    L’Oréal crisis an unappetising prospect for Nestlé

    What began as a typical Agatha Christie whodunit – an ageing and extremely wealthy heiress at loggerheads with her estranged...

  29. June 10, 2011

    Bettencourt battle over legal care challenge

    Family feuds can be bruising, but rarely do they reach the operatic heights of the row between Liliane Bettencourt, France’s...

  30. June 8, 2011

    Truce frays in battle of Bettencourts

    Family ties: Liliane Bettencourt, the L’Oréal heiress, and her daughter, Françoise Bettencourt Meyers The battle over the...

  31. February 27, 2011

    Parce que je la vole bien! Théâtre Saint-Georges, Paris

    “Any resemblance with persons living or dead,” says the programme coyly, “has only one aim: to make you laugh.” For anyone...

  32. February 11, 2011

    Laughter à la française

    Puppets from the satirical TV show ‘Les guignols de l’info’, depicting, from left, the Green party’s Eva Joly, French former...

  33. February 6, 2011

    Owen-Jones ends era as L’Oréal chairman

    Lindsay Owen-Jones, the British executive who transformed France’s L’Oréal from a shampoo and soaps group to global...

  34. December 9, 2010

    Family members in tune for some Christmas harmony

    There has been a sudden outbreak of Christmas spirit in French family capitalism this week. Liliane Bettencourt, the...

  35. December 7, 2010

    France’s corporate family affairs

    Truce: Liliane Bettencourt, the L’Oréal heiress, and her daughter, Françoise BettencourtMeyers Two of France’s wealthiest...

  36. December 6, 2010

    L’Oréal heiress and daughter end their feud

    Liliane Bettencourt, the L’Oréal heiress, and her daughter, Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers, have declared a truce in the...

  37. October 22, 2010

    L’Oreal looks to slide past family lather

    Because they’re worth it: Mr Agon says the group’s goal is to add 1bn customers over the next two decades   Jean-Paul Agon...

  38. October 1, 2010

    Tradition meets modern life in the job of a butler

    The major-domo to the troubled L’Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt recently demonstrated the critical importance of...

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