Lagerfeld, who is rarely afraid of controversy, said he was going to "say something horrific" before criticising the chancellor for the "huge error" of accepting so many refugees from war-torn Syria and elsewhere. France's media regulator has launched a probe after he made the remarks on a popular French talk show. During an appearance on a French television show, per Agence France-Presse, he directly referenced German Chancellor Angela Merkel's immigration policy.
Lagerfeld, now head creative director for Chanel and Fendi, sparked outrage when he likened Merkel's controversial open-door policy to refugees fleeing conflict to Hitler's infamous "final solution" which led to the deaths of millions.
"You can not kill millions of Jews and then take in millions of their worst enemies afterwards, even if there are decades [between the two events]", the German fashion designer told a French television chat show.
Lagerfeld also revealed he knew someone who took in a young Syrian, and after a few days of being in the German home, the refugee allegedly said, "the greatest thing Germany invented was the Holocaust".
"Merkel had already millions and millions (of immigrants) who are well-integrated and who work, and all is well. she had no need to take another million to improve her image as the wicked stepmother after the Greek crisis", he said.
Early reports indicate that the organization got involved after the station received upwards of 700 complaints about Lagerfeld's comments, deeming them insensitive to Holocaust survivors, their families as well as immigrants who have come to Germany since 2015.
The French media regulatory authority Conseil Supérieur de l'Audiovisuel (CSA) is now reviewing the show and comments in question after receiving hundreds of complaints.