The life of Liliane Bettencourt was a sort of tragic feminist parable. Like many big 1930s industrialists, her father, Eugène Schueller, evolved a detailed social philosophy. In his view women should stay home and not take jobs from men, and only money, not businesses, should be considered heritable. On both counts, Liliane, his only daughter, was excluded from taking any active part in life.

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