Reportedly, perfumer Jean-Paul Guerlain lost it once more and pronounced insulting words, of a discriminatory nature, towards Eurostar employees, as well as launched in a wholesale verbal attack on France. Arriving late and being bound in a wheelchair, he was not allowed to board the train while being helped by three employees. This is when he exclaimed, according to a complaint lodged at the Parquet de Paris that,
«La France est un pays de merde, c'est une boîte de merde et on n'est plus servi que par des immigrés»
("France is a shit country, this is a shit company and what's more the only people who serve us these days are immigrants")....
Now, a little social game.
Imagine now if Jean-Paul Guerlain had said,
To Chinese officials
"If you stay here much longer, you’ll all be slitty-eyed."
To an aborigene in Australia
“Do you still throw spears at each other?”
To a student who had been trekking in Papua New Guinea
“You managed not to get eaten, then?”
To the President of Nigeria, dressed in traditional robes
“You look like you’re ready for bed!”
To a driving instructor in Scotland
“How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to get them through the test?”
Just saying that some remarks are thought to be cute and due to sudden and chronic foot-in-the-mouth attacks, while others will end up being debated in court and taken to task.
Note as another point of comparison that the Duke of Edimburgh does not spare the Queen (“Where did you get the hat?”, said after her Coronation) and Jean-Paul Guerlain also does not restrain himself from insulting his own home country, France.
We're not defending what he said, but one thing is for sure, Jean-Paul Guerlain won't be able to escape close scrutiny of every non-PC words that come out of his mouth, even if he shows he's got an itch for provocation. The problem really runs deeper as there are many people who think that way, but won't say it being aware that it's best to sound politically correct.
One thing we keep thinking would be worthy of educative reassessment and serious editing are the contents of the popular graphic novels Tintin by Hergé, first published in 1929, which reek of colonialism and are peppered with racist comments, innuendos and graphism. How many children have read those over several generations? Maybe Jean-Paul Guerlain read too many Tintins when he was a child?