November 29, 2020

Liliane Bettencourt Is Laid to Rest

NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE, France — Liliane Bettencourt, the sole child of L’Oréal’s founder Eugène Schueller, was laid to rest during a Catholic mass held Tuesday at the Église Saint-Pierre in the Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine.
As reported, the 94-year-old died during the night of Sept. 20 at her home.
Testament to Bettencourt’s longstanding influence, political figures present included a former president of France, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, and a former prime minister of the country, Édouard Balladur. Also attending were two previous cultural ministers, Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres and Catherine Pégard, who presides over the Château de Versailles.
Jean-Paul Agon, L’Oréal’s chairman and chief executive officer, and his predecessor, Lindsay Owen-Jones, were present, along with members of the group’s executive committee.
Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Nestlé’s chairman emeritus, was also in attendance, as were representatives of the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller, which Bettencourt founded with her husband André Bettencourt 30 years ago; members of the Collège de France, where the couple had created a chair in technological innovation, and household employees past and present.
Mourners began filing into the church more than an hour before the 3:30 p.m. ceremony was set to start. Betty Catroux; Maryvonne Pinault; former L’Oréal executives Gilles Weil and Patrick Rabin; Laurent Attal, the company’s vice president of

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