British designer John Galliano has been stripped of the Legion of Honour medal given to him by the French Government for his services to fashion. It comes nearly a year after the former fashion icon was found guilty of anti-Semitism.
The decree to withdraw the prestigious award from the 51-year-old couturier was signed by French President Francois Hollande.
In 2011 the former Dior fashion house designer was convicted of hurling anti-Semitic insults at a couple in a Paris café. It later turned out Galliano had made similar remarks at the same café a year before. Galliano blamed the outburst on drink and drug problems and told the court he remembered nothing of his anti-Semitic tirade.
A French court fined Galliano 6,000-euro. Soon the incident he was fired from his position as Artistic Director of Dior and went into rehab for two months.