Chanel couturier Karl Largerfeld denounced for saying refugees are 'worst enemies' of Jews

World | 14 Nov 2017 4:43 pm

German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, 80, (pictured), has drawn outrage after he told a French talk show at the weekend that Chancellor Angela Merkel has opened the door to the worst enemies of the Jews by allowing in refugees.

France's media regulator said yesterday that several hundred people launched complaints against Lagerfeld, broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported.

Lagerfeld is head creative director for Chanel and Fendi.

"One cannot — even if there are decades between them — kill millions of Jews so you can bring millions of their worst enemies in their place," Lagerfeld told a French television show Salut les Terriens! (Hello Earthlings!) talkshow on Saturday.

"I know someone in Germany who took a young Syrian and after four days said, 'The greatest thing Germany invented was the Holocaust.'"

At the peak of Europe's migration crisis in 2015, Merkel pledged to offer refuge to Syrians fleeing a devastating civil war, a move that has since divided domestic and regional politics. That year, Germany received nearly 900,000 migrants, DW reports.

"Merkel had already millions and millions [of immigrants] who are well integrated and who work and all is well … she had no need to take another million to improve her image as the wicked stepmother after the Greek crisis," Lagerfeld said.

"Suddenly we see the pastor's daughter," Lagerfeld added, referring to Merkel's father, who was a Protestant pastor in former East Germany.

While Lagerfeld has been widely criticized on social media networks for his controversial remarks, France's media regulator said it will continue to review the program and the fashion designer's remarks to determine if they merit further response from French authorities, DW reports.

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