French labor minister Eric Woerth said he hasn’t thought of resigning from his post in recent weeks after a preliminary inquiry was launched to study tax refunds given to the country’s richest woman, L’Oreal SA heiress Liliane Bettencourt. He made the comments in an interview with Europe1 radio today.
Woerth told the interviewer that French President Nicolas Sarkozy has shown confidence in him, though didn’t role out the possibility that he might have to resign at some point amid questions about potential conflict of interest in his having allowed a tax refund to Bettancourt in 2008, he said during the radio interview. Woerth was overseeing the tax office and his wife was a financial adviser to Bettencourt when the tax refunds were awarded. Woerth said his wife has since resigned from that job.