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Don’t allow Norway killer to wear label – Lacoste pleads

Independent.ie reporters

Published 08/09/2011 | 11:38

Anders Behring Breivik pictured wearing a red Lacoste sweater with the distinctive crocodile logo. Photo: Getty
Anders Behring Breivik pictured wearing a red Lacoste sweater with the distinctive crocodile logo. Photo: Getty

French fashion brand Lacoste has asked Norwegian police to ban mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik from wearing their clothes during court appearances.

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The killer insists on wearing a red Lacoste sweater with the distinctive crocodile logo on trips out of prison.

The 32-year-old gunman who killed 77 people on July 22 even wrote in his online manifesto that "refined people like him should wear brands like Lacoste".

But his choice of clothes has been described as a "nightmare" for the French company's exclusive image.

Norwegian daily Daglabet said bosses had now written to Oslo police demanding 32-year-old Breivik be stopped from wearing their garments.

An Oslo police spokesman told the paper: "The company feels that such a man sporting their clothes could do considerable harm to their reputation."

French daily Liberation added: "This situation is clearly a nightmare for one of France's most distinguished clothing companies."

Lacoste said on Thursday that it was "not prepared to comment on the subject".

Breivik shot and killed 69 teenagers and young people on the island of Utoya in a 79-minute long rampage. Another eight people died in a bomb he detonated in central Oslo.

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