Perfume legend fined for racist remarks

March 29, 2012 at 1:05 PM

PARIS, March 29 (UPI) -- Paris perfumier Jean-Paul Guerlain has been fined nearly $8,000 for racist remarks made during a 2010 television interview with France 2.

When an interviewer asked Guerlain how he created the famous Samsara scent, he replied: "For once, I set to work like a negro, I don't know if negroes have always worked like that but anyway …"

Guerlain was also ordered to pay damages to three anti-racist organizations who brought the charges -- Mrap, Licra and SOS Racisme -- of $2,655 each, in addition to the initial $7,967 fine.

Radio France Internationale reported The Guerlain company called the remarks "unacceptable" and also pointed out that Guerlain retired from the company in 2002 and has not been a shareholder since 1996.

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