Ex-Dior designer Galliano on trial for insults

Former Dior designer John Galliano will face his accusers at his trial this week on charges he hurled racial insults to three patrons at a Paris cafe, allegations that shocked the fashion world and cost him his job.

The designer's lawyer, Aurelien Hamelle, says he will be present at the Wednesday trial.

He's charged with "public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity" and could face up to six months in prison and euro22,500 ($32, 175) in fines. The verdict is expected at a later date.

A couple contended that the British designer made anti-Semitic insults at them in February, and another woman then came forward with similar claims of insults in October.

Galliano said he was "seeking help" for personal failures. An alcohol test showed he was inebriated.