July 29, 2010 / 7:22 AM / 9 years ago

French labor minister to be questioned by police

PARIS (Reuters) - French Labor Minister Eric Woerth will be questioned by police on Thursday as a witness in an investigation into alleged tax evasion by L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, his lawyer said.

Woerth, a close ally of President Nicholas Sarkozy responsible for steering through a landmark pension reform this year, has come under pressure to resign in recent months after it emerged his wife worked for Bettencourt’s wealth manager.

The L’Oreal heiress’ former bookkeeper has also said Woerth received illegal political donations on behalf of the ruling UMP party. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Reporting by Thierry Leveque; Editing by Matthew Jones

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