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Karl Lagerfeld evokes Holocaust to bash Germany's Angela Merkel on refugees

During a recent interview with French talk show Salut les Terriens, the renowned fashion designer slammed German Chancellor Angela Merkel's open door policy which allowed more than 1 million refugees entry into the country.

Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld is being investigated by French broadcasting watchdogs after some comments he made about immigrants being welcomed in Germany got him in hot water with viewers.

Lagerfeld, now head creative director for Chanel and Fendi, sparked outrage when he likened Merkel's controversial open-door policy to refugees fleeing conflict to Hitler's infamous "final solution" which led to the deaths of millions.

Evoking guilt of the Holocaust as the impetus for Merkel to invite unlimited numbers of asylum seekers into Germany during the migrant crisis, Lagerfeld said: "One can not - even if there are decades between them - kill millions of Jews and then bring millions of their worst enemies in their place", Kronen Zeitung reports.

At the peak of the refugee crisis in 2015, Merkel pledged to offer refuge to Syrians fleeing a devastating civil war, a move that has since divided domestic and regional politics.

Lagerfeld has shied away from revealing his true date of birth, but according to Biography.com, it likely falls on September 10, 1933, in Hamburg, Germany - the same year former German Chancellor Adolf Hitler rose to power.

According to Agence France-Presse, Lagerfeld said Merkel had no reason to take in another million "to improve her image" because Germany already had multiple millions of immigrants who were working and integrated.

France's Higher Audiovisual Council, the equivalent of Ofcom in the United Kingdom, said it had received several hundred complaints from viewers denouncing his words as racist and Islamophobic.



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