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Tug of war over L'Oréal family fortune turns political

The high-profile row over the fortune of L'Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt is threatening to engulf French Labour minister Eric Woerth. His wife Florence has now resigned from the firm managing Mrs Bettencourt's holdings, at the centre of an alleged tax fraud. The saga is already heading to the courts next week: judges must decide if Mrs Bettencourt, Europe's richest woman, can leave her €16 billion estate to a male friend on her death, cutting her daughter out of any inheritance.