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John Galliano, 61, smokes a cigarette as he lunches with his stylist boyfriend


John Galliano was spotted lunching with his boyfriend Alexis Roche at the Le Cafe des Arts in St Tropez on Friday afternoon.

The fashion designer, 61, smoked a cigarette as he sat with his long-term partner, who is stylist to the stars including Amal Clooney and Kendall Jenner.

John, who has remained largely out of the spotlight since his dismissal from Christian Dior, opted for a pared back look during their leisurely lunch. 

Relaxing: John Galliano was spotted lunching with his boyfriend Alexis Roche at the Le Cafe des Arts in St Tropez on Friday afternoon

Relaxing: John Galliano was spotted lunching with his boyfriend Alexis Roche at the Le Cafe des Arts in St Tropez on Friday afternoon

John, who is normally an ostentatious dresser, was cutting a casual figure in a basic navy T-shirt and wore his hair swept back with a hair band.

Alexis also opted for a low key look, as he sported a pink T-shirt and a colourful baseball cap for their outing.

John, who is currently creative director Maison Margiela, was appointed following his fall from grace at Dior.

Lunch date: The fashion designer, 61, smoked a cigarette as he sat with his long-term partner, who is stylist to the stars including Amal Clooney and Kendall Jenner

Lunch date: The fashion designer, 61, smoked a cigarette as he sat with his long-term partner, who is stylist to the stars including Amal Clooney and Kendall Jenner

In 2014 he lost his £10 million case for unfair dismissal by Dior after he was sacked for making anti-Semitic slurs.

He was suspended and later fired as creative director at the prestigious design house after a damning video emerged of him telling a woman whom he thought was Jewish that he ‘loves Hitler’ and that her parents should have been ‘gassed’.

He admitted two counts of making anti-Semitic insults in public at a court in the French capital in June 2011, following two separate incidents in the restaurant in the Marais, the historic Jewish district of Paris.

Fancy dresser! John, who is normally an ostentatious dresser, was cutting a casual figure in a basic navy T-shirt and wore his hair swept back with a hair band (pictured in 2011)

Fancy dresser! John, who is normally an ostentatious dresser, was cutting a casual figure in a basic navy T-shirt and wore his hair swept back with a hair band (pictured in 2011)

Filmed in December 2010 at restaurant La Perle and uploaded the next February, the video shows Galliano nursing a drink while sitting alone at a table, and then referring to the Nazi Holocaust.

Galliano says to two unnamed Italian women : ‘People like you ought to be dead, your mothers, your forefathers would all be ****ing gassed. I love Hitler.’

When one of the women asks ‘Do you have a problem?’, Galliano replies: ‘With you, you’re ugly.’ The same woman says : ‘Where are you from?’, and Galliano replies: ‘Your ****hole’.

One of their male companions started videoing the incident because he was so shocked. 

At his one day trial in June, 2011, he admitted two instances of making anti-Semitic and racist comments and that September was given two suspended fines totalling 6,000 euros.

The court was told he had abused museum curator Geraldine Bloch about being Jewish during a trip to the cafe in February 2011, as well another incident the previous October.

Judge Anne-Marie Sauteraud said the low damages and fine reflected his lack of previous convictions, and attempts he had made to overcome his drug and alcohol addiction. 

He told the court: ‘They are not views that I hold or believe in. I apologise for the sadness this whole affair has caused.’

Despite his 15 years at Dior, he lost his job after the video emerged, costing him up to £10million in lost earnings, according to his lawyers.

Dior owners had LVMH cited a zero-tolerance policy on racism and anti-Semitism, while actress Natalie Portman, one of the faces of the brand, was among those outraged by his remarks.

At the time the Oscar-winner said: ‘In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr Galliano in any way.

‘I hope at the very least these terrible comments remind us to reflect and act upon combating these still-existing prejudices that are the opposite of all that is beautiful.’ 

Following a drawn-out claim for unfair dismissal from the designer, a Paris employment court rejected it.

Latest role: John, who is currently creative director Maison Margiela, was appointed following his fall from grace at Dior

Latest role: John, who is currently creative director Maison Margiela, was appointed following his fall from grace at Dior

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