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Galliano stripped of French medal

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Fashion designer John Galliano reportedly was stripped of his French Legion of Honor medal because of anti-Semitic behavior.

The newspaper Le Point, among other French media, reported that a decree by French President Francois Hollande published last week on France’s official journal said Galliano, 51, may no longer wear the medal — France’s highest honor — which he received in 2009.

Last year Galliano, a British citizen, lost his job as design director at Christian Dior after he was filmed making anti-Semitic statements.

In one incident at a Paris bar, Galliano  stated his love for Adolf Hitler and told people who he believed were Jewish that their mothers should have been gassed. He blamed his outbursts on addictions to drugs and alcohol. — jta


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