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The Bettencourt scandal - the L'Oréal heiress, the photographer and the president

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What started as a family spat over what France's richest woman was doing with her money has turned into the political scandal of the year, if not the decade, with claims of confict of interest, illegal political donations, tax evasion ... President Nicolas Sarkozy and his ministers have been dragged in. Read our analysis and reports.

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