The elegant 75-year-old [Jean-Paul] Guerlain told the court it was an "imbecilic" remark. "I am from another generation," he said, so part of the remark was "a common expression at the time." He also said he did so during a TV interview because he "wanted to make the journalist laugh and I regret it." "I was anything but racist," he said, standing before the court with the help of crutches.
— Perfumer Jean-Paul Guerlain, who was on trial in France yesterday for a racist remark he made in an interview in October 2010. Read more at Guerlain perfume heir accused of racism in trial at Yahoo.
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