It has been reported that the investigation into Liliane Bettencourt, the richest woman in France, has become more intense with police raids on her financial managers.
According to reports of the Guardian, the scandal has hurt President Nicolas Sarkozy. Polls show his popularity has hit new lows.
It has also been reported that the wife of Eric Woerth, the employment minister, worked for Clymene, a company that helped manage Bettencourt's money. Investigators raided the Clymene office and the home of Patrice de Maistre, her financial adviser.