The director of L & L, the French company known for its Cognac-based cocktail Alizé, has been taken into police custody this week in Bordeaux.

As of yesterday (26 June), the 58-year-old Jean-Paul Lafragette was reported to be in temporary police detention in the nearby city of Angouleme.

Lafragette, who has been under investigation for misappropriation of funds at L & L, which is 49%-owned by the New York-based Kobrand Corporation, was suspended last year as managing director of the company.

The original case against Lafragette was brought last year by the Kopf family, owners of Kobrand, in relation to the alleged misappropriation of over EUR1m (US$1.6m). It is now understood, however, that there are other charges relating to other business dealings adding up to about EUR10m.

Lafragette was taken to prison in Bordeaux from his home at Chateau Rouillac on Tuesday, and was moved to Angouleme after a court hearing yesterday.