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Karl Lagerfeld denies calling French president 'idiot' - Life & Style - NZ Herald News

Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld denies having called French President Francois Hollande an "idiot", suggesting the purported remark reported in a magazine came from a mistranslation.

"Obviously I did not say that. So I don't have to apologise because I didn't say it," the Paris-based German designer told France 2 television.

"Unfortunately I do not speak Spanish, so I don't really know what they said," said the creative director of French fashion-house Chanel.

According to an interview with the Spanish edition of Marie Claire, Lagerfeld called Hollande - who famously said he does not like the rich - an idiot for imposing a 75 per cent tax on incomes exceeding one million euros (NZ$1.6 million) annually.

Lagerfeld said he had a roaming, three-hour conversation with the magazine, covering topics including the press's "horrible" treatment of Bernard Arnault, who heads the LVMH luxury giant, after he applied for Belgian nationality.

The designer refused to criticise Hollande's new fiscal policy but said he regretted the luxury industry was "treated almost like it is plague-ridden", even though it "brings a lot" to France.

Langerfeld later said it was "frankly absurd" that he could have insulted Hollande, saying he found the president "funny, spiritual and very, very intelligent".

On Friday, Hollande's former companion and a one-time presidential contender Segolene Royal led the charge against Lagerfeld, demanding an immediate apology.



It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Oct 23rd, 2012 at 04:12:25 AM EST
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Is no journalist capable of looking up directly what they claimed he said? I can't find it online in Marie-claire.es . Maybe someone in Spain can pick up a copy at a newsagent?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Oct 23rd, 2012 at 04:42:48 AM EST
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He hearsaid-she hearsaid is much more fun. Factchecking is so 18th century.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Oct 23rd, 2012 at 04:47:35 AM EST
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For some of us, the idea of you (or are there other Spaniards here?) going to a newsagent and asking for a copy of Marie-Claire is even more fun....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Oct 23rd, 2012 at 04:54:46 AM EST
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I'll sacrifice myself for the advancement of science.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Oct 23rd, 2012 at 08:23:43 AM EST
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You should put up a paypal tip jar.

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sapere aude
by Number 6 on Wed Oct 24th, 2012 at 09:54:40 AM EST
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I already have the Marie Claire. I located the offending quote before dishing out the €1.95

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Oct 24th, 2012 at 10:18:50 AM EST
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Actually it's like assassinating Abraham Lincoln.

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sapere aude
by Number 6 on Wed Oct 24th, 2012 at 10:32:51 AM EST
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Lagerfeld:

"Unfortunately I do not speak Spanish, so I don't really know what they said," said the creative director of French fashion-house Chanel.

Marie-Claire

Así es nuestro número 302, digno de coleccionista y plagado de temas que no olvidarás jamás. Karl Lagerfeld, famoso por sus excentricidades (ya no acude a museos porque los teléfonos de los turistas le molestan y bebe Coca Cola Light en jarras de cristal Baccarat) es, además, el fotógrafo de la portada de este número especial y del reportaje interior protagonizado por los supermodelos Jon Kortajerena, Heidi Mount y Kati Nescher.

"He aceptado este proyecto porque quería hacer algo en España, ahora que las cosas no están muy bien en el país. Algo optimista, mostrar mi apoyo".

Que aceptara ser nuestro editor invitado es todo un sueño hecho realidad que no te puedes perder. Ha modernizado el concepto de prêt-à-porter, es el gurú de la moda y ahora más que nunca forma parte de Marie-Claire.

My Spanish may not be much better than his, but aren't they claiming that he's a guest editor of an issue of a magazine that he hasn't even seen?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Oct 23rd, 2012 at 08:06:38 AM EST
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So it appears. And photographer for the cover and a feature on top models...
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Oct 23rd, 2012 at 08:14:59 AM EST
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