Arlette Ricci may fight tax fraud conviction, says lawyer

The heir to the Nina Ricci perfume and fashion fortune has been convicted of tax fraud by a Paris court after hiding millions in an offshore HSBC account.

Arlette Ricci, 73, was sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to pay a €1 million (£720,000;$1.1m) fine.

Her lawyer, Jean-Marc Fedida, claimed his client had been made an example of, and said her sentence was "extremely severe".

He added that Ms Ricci had a choice, saying: "Either she decides to let go because of her age and tiredness, or she decides to fight."