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John Galliano racial abuse trial to begin in France

22 June 2011 Last updated at 07:42 BST

Celebrity fashion designer John Galliano will appear in court in France on Tuesday to answer allegations of anti-Semitism and racial abuse.

The designer, who was fired by fashion house Christian Dior earlier this year, faces a sentence of up to six months in prison and a fine of several thousand euros.

Yves Beddouk, the lawyer for one plaintiff, Geraldine Bloch, said: "My client... thought that Mr Galliano was a homeless person and she didn't want to make matters worse for someone who seemed to her to be in distress."

Christian Fraser reports from Paris.