As much as Karl Lagerfeld is known for his notable quotables, he’s also known for taking them back. He recently called French Socialist president François Hollande an idiot for introducing a 75 percent income tax on wealthy French peeps, and now, he’s backtracking. Quelle surprise!
In an interview with Spanish Marie Claire, Lagerfeld said Hollande’s tax plan is “a disaster. He wants to punish [the rich] and of course they leave and no one invests”. Reuters reports that Lagerfeld also said “This idiot will be as disastrous as [Jose Luis Rodriguez] Zapatero was,” a reference to Spain’s former Socialist Prime Minister.
But on France 2 Sunday night, the Kaiser denied that he ever called Hollande an idiot:
“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. The luxury business is an industry that makes a lot of money and should not be considered like something we should be ashamed off.”
The mag’s editor-in-chief, Joana Bonet, backed Lagerfeld, and told WWD:
“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.”
So, how is Lagerfeld going to apologize to Hollande? Chanel man-purses?