‘The Bettencourt Affair’: Extravagant Friendship Or Cruel Swindle?

Liliane Bettencourt and François-Marie Banier attend a cosmetics industry event in 1992.

Cosmetics heiress Liliane Bettencourt lavished money and gifts on her friend, photographer François-Marie Banier. Then, her daughter sparked a decade of scandal by accusing Banier of abusing her.

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