Thursday, June 25, 2009
L'Oréal, the French cosmetics giant, whose advertising campaigns proclaim "because you're worth it", was found guilty of racial discrimination for considering black, Arab and Asian women unworthy of selling its shampoo.
France's highest court was told that the group had sought an all-white team of sales staff to promote Fructis Style, a haircare product made by Garnier, L'Oréal's beauty division.
The word went out that Garnier's hostesses should be BBR — "bleu, blanc, rouge" — the colours of the French flag. The expression is widely recognised in the French recruitment world as a code for white French people born to white French parents, a court was told, in effect excluding the four million or so members of ethnic minorities in France.
La Cour de Cassation, the equivalent of the US Supreme Court, said that the policy was illegal under French employment law, upholding a ruling given by the Paris Appeal Court in 2007.
The judgment was a significant blow to the image of the world's biggest cosmetics group, which has spent millions of dollars in global advertising campaigns featuring stars such as Andie MacDowell, Eva Longoria, Penélope Cruz and Claudia Schiffer.That image already suffered a battering when L'Oréal executives were forced to deny claims that they had lightened the singer Beyoncé Knowles's skin for a campaign last year. The ruling also hinted at widespread prejudice among French shoppers since L'Oréal believed that they were more likely to buy shampoo from white sales staff, the court was told. Read more...
This is "very damaging stuff," Sanford declared at one point, when details
of Clinton's conduct became known. "I think it would be much better for the
country and for him personally (to resign)... I come from the business side," he
said. "If you had a chairman or president in the business world facing these
allegations, he'd be gone."
Explaining his decision to back impeachment articles against Clinton, he
added, "I think what he did in this matter was reprehensible... I feel very
comfortable with my vote."
Mark Sanford on former House speaker-to-be Bob Livingston (R), upon learning of the Congressman's affair:
Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., said he would be "struggling" during Christmas over
whether to support Livingston, even though the speaker-designate had not broken
the law. "We as a party want to hold ourselves to high standards, period,"
But one House Republican, Mark Sanford, said: "The bottom
line is that he lied under a different oath -the oath to his wife."
Mark Sanford on gay marriage:
Yes, the sanctity of marriage must be protected from "the gays," not...say...presidents who get Oval Office BJs, senators with wide stances or governors with escort services on speed dial or round-trip tickets to Argentina.
Mark Sanford equivocating, name dropping, invoking the Lord and admitting to cheating on his wife: