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The rip­ples of France's antigov­ern­ment protests have reached across the At­lantic.

Ralph Lau­ren was due to be dec­o­rated as an Of­fi­cer of the Le­gion of Honor by French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron on Thurs­day, but the cer­e­mony has been post­poned un­til early next year due to the tense po­lit­i­cal cli­mate, as the gov­ern­ment seeks to defuse sev­eral weeks of vi­o­lent protests over de­clin­ing liv­ing stan­dards.

The brand sent out a brief ad­vi­sory to guests, say­ing it would ad­vise them of the new date in due course. Lau­ren is ex­pected to be the guest of honor at a gala din­ner at the Château de Ver­sailles on Tues­day held by the FrenchAmer­i­can Foun­da­tion to mark the 50th an­niver­sary of his brand.

Lau­ren was made a Knight of the Le­gion of Honor by

France in 2010 in recog­ni­tion of his con­tri­bu­tions as a de­signer, busi­ness leader and phi­lan­thropist.

France faces “se­ri­ous and on­go­ing” eco­nomic fall­out af­ter a third week­end of antigov­ern­ment protests led to scenes of vi­o­lence and ran­sack­ing not seen since the May 1968 stu­dent ri­ots, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials.

Fi­nance Min­is­ter Bruno Le Maire said mass re­tail­ers have seen a 15 per­cent to 25 per­cent cu­mu­la­tive drop in sales due to the on­go­ing protests by demon­stra­tors in re­flec­tive safety vests — known as “gilets jaunes” — who have blocked roads and van­dal­ized stores, caus­ing foot traffic to plum­met dur­ing the cru­cial hol­i­day spend­ing sea­son.


An im­age from The Marc Ja­cobs, com­ing for pre-fall 2019.

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