Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Xenophobic attacks in south africa prompt a regional crisis

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

"Europe's darkest day"

Read more

DEBATE

Migrant Deaths: has Europe lost its compassion? (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Migrant Deaths: what is Europe going to do? (part 1)

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

José Bové: 'Four or five companies are deciding what we eat'

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

UK general election: Britain's EU membership in question

Read more

REPORTERS

Turkey’s hidden Armenians search for stolen identity

Read more

ENCORE!

Emilie Gassin: Singer's pop charms woo French crowds

Read more

FOCUS

CAR: Thousands of Muslims trapped in enclaves

Read more

France

Madoff investigator to question adviser to L'Oreal heiress

Video by FRANCE 24

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-09-11

A French judge probing Wall Street financial conman Bernard Madoff's dealings in France will be questioning Patrice de Maistre, the wealth manager of scandal-hit L'Oreal billionaire Liliane Bettencourt.

AFP - Police will question a financier linked to a party-funding scandal that has hit the French government in a separate probe over Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff, a judicial official said on Friday.
  
A judge investigating the alleged defrauding of French investors by Madoff will question Patrice de Maistre, wealth manager for L'Oreal billionaire Liliane Bettencourt, this month as a witness over his alleged links to Madoff, the official said.
  

Madoff was handed a 150-year prison sentence last year for the biggest financial fraud in US history, a three-decade bogus investment scam that fell apart during the economic crisis, ruining investors in numerous countries.
  
The 87-year-old Bettencourt was allegedly among the European investors duped by Madoff, losing 30 million euros (38 million dollars). Her fortune is estimated at 17 billion euros.
  
Bettencourt owned companies linked to Luxalpha, a former Luxembourg-based fund that handled some of Madoff's investments.
  
Maistre, her financial manager, has also been questioned in recent weeks by French investigators in a separate affair of alleged conflicts of interest and illegal party funding implicating France's Labour Minister, Eric Woerth.
  
Woerth has denied any wrongdoing but that affair has embarrassed President Nicolas Sarkozy and his government as he tries to push through a key pensions reform and struggles in the opinion polls.

Date created : 2010-09-10

  • The Bettencourt scandal: Politics, cash and cosmetics

    Read more

  • USA

    Madoff's ill-gotten assets go under the hammer

    Read more

COMMENT(S)