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Karl Lagerfeld denies calling French President an "imbecil"

Published 22/10/2012 | 12:04

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Karl Lagerfeld has deniend he insulted the French President.

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It seems that the Chanel designer finds himself in hot water for an inadvisable comment on a weekly basis, and last week was no different - but this time it wasn't a starlet feeling the sharp end of his tongue, but one of the world's most powerful men.

Speaking to Spanish Marie Claire , Lagerfeld was quoted as calling French President François Hollande "an imbecile" , leading to much furor. The comment came as Lagerfeld addressed Hollande's controversial plan to tax those who earn more than €1million per year at 75 per cent. The designer further commented that "Hollande hates the rich. It's a disaster. He wants to punish them, and of course, they are leaving, nobody is investing", and also compared him to Zapatero, Spain's former Socialist Prime Minister who was ousted in December 2011.

However, the editor of Spanish Marie Claire , Joana Bonet, has since spoken out in Lagerfeld's defence, saying his comments were taken out of context. "I confirm that the declaration (and the word 'imbécil') was taken out of context. Karl Lagerfeld was referring to Hollande's policies, especially those connected with the taxes pertaining to large fortunes," she told WWD over the weekend.

Lagerfeld also personally addressed the situation on French national television on Sunday night, saying: "Of course I never said that! I don't speak Spanish, I speak a little of Italian but no Spanish. I saw him [Hollande] on TV and I found him very fun, spiritual and intelligent."

Bibby Sowray Telegraph.co.uk

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