Judge: L'Oreal Heiress Must Undergo Doctor Exams

PARIS (AP) - A judge has ordered aging French billionaire
Liliane Bettencourt to undergo examination by three doctors who
will determine her mental and physical health as part of an ongoing
legal case brought by her daughter.

Francoise Bettencourt Meyers has been trying to get her
88-year-old mother - France's richest woman and the heiress of the
L'Oreal cosmetics empire - declared mentally incompetent.

Judicial officials said a judge in the Paris suburb of
Courbevoie ruled Wednesday that the daughter's legal effort to have
Bettencourt put under legal guardianship could proceed.

Bettencourt's lawyer said he will appeal the ruling.

The family feud has swelled into a national scandal, leading to
claims of tax evasion and illegal financing of President Nicolas
Sarkozy's conservative party.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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