French perfume-maker Jean-Paul Guerlain faces prosecution by anti-racist groups after telling a television interviewer that he “worked like a n*****” to produce one of his most successful scents.
— From Guerlain heir in racism storm at RFI. You can also read more at CNN. As it happens, I am on the road today so will be slow to answer comments; since this news is likely to upset many people, I do most kindly ask that everyone keep the conversation civil.
Update: for the most part people have remained civil, but the conversation is getting a little frayed around the edges and lots of varying viewpoints have already been expressed, so I'm closing the comments.