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L'Oreal heiress must undergo doctor exams: Judge

world Updated: Nov 17, 2010 23:18 IST

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 on 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.