John Galliano stripped of French honour over anti-Semitic remarks


Aug 26, 2012 15:09:25 IST

London: French designer John Galliano, who was convicted last year for making anti-Semitic remarks, has been stripped of France's prestigious Legion d'Honneur.

The decision was published in a decree signed by French President Francois Hollande and published in the country's official journal, reported BBC online.

Galliano lost his job as artistic director of fashion house Dior over the comments made in a Paris bar. He blamed his outbursts on addictions to drugs and alcohol.

Galliano, who had been charged with "public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity", was given suspended fines totalling 4,800 pounds over the incident.

The fines related to incidents on the evenings of October 8, 2010 and February 24, 2011 at La Perle cafe in the Marais district of the capital.

During the trial, the court heard how, during the February incident, Galliano harangued museum curator Geraldine Bloch about being Jewish and hurled racist insults at her friend—of South Asian origin— before police came to break up the argument.

John Galliano stripped of French honour over anti-Semitic remarks

John Galliano. AP

In a third incident, the court saw an amateur video of Galliano, while drunk, declaring a love for Hitler.

Since the conviction, Galliano has kept a low profile. Media reports suggest he is considering moving to Los Angeles.

The Legion d'Honneur, France's highest award, is given to those who have served France or the ideals it upholds.

Galliano took over the creative helm of Dior in 1996 and won British Fashion Designer of the Year on four occasions.


Updated Date: Aug 26, 2012 15:09:26 IST