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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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