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“Racism Over ‘White as Snow’ Miss France Contestants ends with a Black Competitor Taking the Crown”

 

A racism row surrounding the Miss France beauty contest has ended with a Franco-Benise student winning the competition and today insisting that the country was happily ‘mixed’.

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Flora Coquerel, a 19-year-old whose mother is from the West African state of Benin, was crowned on live television on Saturday night.

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It follows accusations that all the contestants were ‘as white and snow’ and chief judge, movie star Alain Delon, joining the anti-immigration National Front.

 

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Delon quit as the lifetime president of the beauty pageant in October when people said the contest was increasingly reflecting the inherent racism in French society. 

 

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But Ms Coquerel said: ‘I am very proud to represent a cosmopolitan France. It shows that today’s France is a mixed France, where there is every culture, and I think a lot of people will see themselves in me.’ 

Multicultural: Miss Coquerel's win follows accusations that all the contestants were 'as white and snow' and chief judge, movie star Alain Delon, joining the anti-immigration National Front

 

Ms Coquerel was voted Miss France 2014 by a combination of votes from the TV audience and a celebrity jury.

 

Flora Coquerel has been Ear Hustle 411 Approved.

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