Nicolas Sarkozy campaign received 'illegal' donation, claim
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France's richest woman made an illegal cash donation to the election campaign of President Nicolas Sarkozy, it has been claimed.
Lilian Bettencourt, the billionaire L'Oreal heiress currently at the centre of tax evasion allegations, was said to have provided an envelope stuffed with cash in 2007.
It amounted to €150,000 (£125,000), according to a former accountant for the 87-year-old.
Mr Sarkozy has firmly denied receiving the money directly – but his spokesman would not rule out the possibility of it having been received by other campaign staff.
Political donations in France are limited to €4,600 for individuals, and cash contributions cannot exceed €150.