Miss France 2022 elected on Saturday night against a backdrop of controversy

The name of the successor of Miss France 2021, the Norman Amandine Petit, should be known overnight from Saturday to Sunday, at half past midnight at the earliest, after a show which will begin at 9:05 p.m. at the Zénith in Caen.

During this evening on the theme of musicals, 29 regional misses aged 18 to 24 will compete for the title.

The jury chaired by Jean-Pierre Pernaut will bring together singer Amel Bent and François Alu, principal dancer of the Paris Opera. The finalist misses will be decided at 50/50 by TF1 viewers and the jury. In the event of a tie, the public will have the last word.

“I like the Miss France contest (…) It’s a fun, glamorous contest,” Culture Minister Roselyne Bachelot said on BFMTV on Friday.

“I will not be one of those who will sulk their pleasure in front of the Miss France contest”, she added, “we need a little lightness”.

These young women “are far from being vases and they are very pretty,” said the minister.

This competition reserved for single women over 1.70 meters is indeed the subject of a growing number of criticisms.

The Minister for equality between women and men Elisabeth Moreno, thus deplored Friday of “outdated rules (…) which can be discriminatory”. Ms. Moreno was speaking in a brief interview she gave to AFP after meeting the misses in Caen.

Ms. Moreno regretted that for example a “widowed woman or a woman who is already a mother cannot apply”.

Already in October, the minister described the competition rules as “completely has been”.

“Why could a Miss France not be ironic, could not be a mother or pose topless to fight against cancer?” She wondered.

But Ms. Moreno has since received in the ministry Alexia Laroche-Joubert, the president of the company Miss France, a subsidiary of the production company Endemol. And she is now “almost certain” that the rules “will change”.

– “Raised benefits” –

Ms. Laroche-Joubert has since announced, during the presentation of the 2022 competition, that the candidates would for the first time be paid for the final but not for the rehearsals.

“There are criteria to change to adapt to the times (…). I think that the single status is surely obsolete”, she also admitted.

For Ms. Moreno, if her rules have to change, the competition deserves to be supported because “it was a way for many women to emancipate themselves, to be known, to be able to create their business, to be able to speak” .

But he continues to get angry. The main municipal opposition group (EELV-PCF-DVG) in Caen was indignant in early December that Mayor LR did not communicate his cost for the city.

According to EELV municipal councilor Rudy L’Orphelin interviewed by AFP, the “Miss France” competition, already organized in Caen, had “cost 200,000 euros” in 2010 to the city.

“In view of the profits reaped by the organizing company, there is reason to wonder” about “public financial support” for this event, said this opposition group in a press release.

And elected officials to “welcome the legal actions initiated” by “Dare feminism”.

The industrial tribunal of Bobigny must examine on June 21 the conditions of participation of the candidates in the contest “Miss France”, accused by the association of violation of the right to work.

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