Head of L’Oreal’s US Unit, a Nazi Collaborator, Quits
PARIS (AP) _ The chairman of the U.S. marketing arm of the L’Oreal cosmetics giant announced his resignation today, citing renewed controversy over his collaboration with the Nazis during World War II.
The U.S. Justice Department said last week it was investigating a request to bar Jacques Correze, 79, from American soil because of new allegations that he helped evict French Jews from their stores and homes during the occupation.
″I can’t change what has past,″ said Correze, who served five years in prison for collaborating with the Nazis. ″Permit me simply to express my deepest and most sincere apologies for all the acts I committed more than 40 years ago and their consequences, even indirect.″
Correze, hospitalized in Paris with pancreatic cancer, said in his statement that the resignation took effect Tuesday.
He had been chairman of Cosmair Inc., which handles U.S. marketing for L’Oreal, the world’s largest cosmetics company.