Guess this qualifies as “the swirl keeps on winning”? A biracial beauty has captured the title of Miss France amid growing claims of racism in the country.
According to Mail Online reports:
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’.
Flora Coquerel, a 19-year-old whose mother is from the West African state of Benin, was crowned on live television on Saturday night.
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.
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.
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.’
Ms Coquerel was voted Miss France 2014 by a combination of votes from the TV audience and a celebrity jury.
Last year Louis-Georges Tin, the president of CRAN (Representative Council of Black Associations), said there were not enough black contestants.
Mr Tin said: ‘The failure to represent the contemporary French population in an event such as this is obviously serious. It amounts to denying the very existence of French people of African origin.
‘In the antiquated world of Miss France, blacks apparently can only come from overseas departments’.
There was also anger expressed at the lack of Muslim contestants in the contest, especially as there are more than six million Muslims living in France.
Last month black justice minister Christiane Taubira was taunted with bananas, leading to black newsreader Harry Roselmack saying ‘racist France is back’. The National Front is enjoying huge success in polls, and is predicted to win almost a quarter of the national vote in European elections next year.
This is despite its anti-immigration agenda, and the fact that its founder, Jean-Marie Le Pen, is a convicted racist and anti-Semite. In 1998 Le Pen expressed annoyance that a mixed race France football team won the World Cup in Paris. Others claimed the victory proved the country was a ‘rainbow nation’, but four years later Le Pen came runner-up in the presidential elections.
It’s sad to hear that racist sentiments seem to be growing in France but we’re glad Flora Coquerel was able to overcome because she is definitely a banger. Check out some more photos of her below: