Guerlain cosmetic empire heir convicted of racism

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PARIS (AP) -- A French court has convicted longtime perfume maker Jean-Paul Guerlain of making racist insults on national television and fined him €6,000 ($8,000).

Guerlain, who is 75, is an heir to the Guerlain cosmetics empire.

In a 2010 interview on France-2 television, Guerlain used a French word for black people in a derogatory way as he described how hard he worked to create one of the company's most famed perfumes.

He apologized to France's black community during the trial, calling it an "imbecilic" remark.

He was convicted in a Paris court Thursday. The judge did not sentence him to any prison time, though the charge could have allowed a sentence of up to six months behind bars.