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Guerlain in 'immigrant rant' when turned away from Eurostar

Clea Caulcutt · 9 Mar 2012, 09:28

Published: 09 Mar 2012 11:58 GMT+01:00
Updated: 09 Mar 2012 09:28 GMT+01:00

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Famed perfumer Jean-Paul Guerlain has been accused of making racist comments and calling France a 'shit country' after being refused entry to the Eurostar, only weeks after he appeared in court on racism charges.

"France is a shit country, this is a shit company and we are are served only by immigrants," 75-year-old Guerlain allegedly told three black and Asian employees on the Eurostar, radio France Info reports.

The staff say Guerlain arrived late to catch the Eurostar and was denied access to the train. He allegedly exploded in anger and insulted the three Eurostar employees.

Speaking on France Info, one of the employees says Guerlain’s comments were "full of contempt" and were made worse by the fact that the staff "were there to help him." The three Eurostar employees were helping him on the platform in his wheelchair.

They have lodged a complaint.

The incident comes a month after Guerlain was on trial for saying racist comments during an interview on French television. He said "I worked like a nigger. I don't know if niggers have always worked like that, but anyway."

The comments sparked outrage from anti-racism groups and demonstrations in front of Guerlain shops.

Last month, he told the court that he regretted his "idiotic" comments.

Clea Caulcutt (news.france@thelocal.com)

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