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Two 'Miss France' winners amid battle over contest

Clea Caulcutt · 5 Dec 2011, 12:10

Published: 05 Dec 2011 15:24 GMT+01:00
Updated: 05 Dec 2011 12:10 GMT+01:00

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A management student from Alsace was voted Miss France, 24 hours before another student from the south of France was elected Miss Prestige National.

France has two rival contests since the show's one-time star presenter and the Miss France production company split.

Miss France, Delphine Wespier, 19, was elected on Saturday and told spectators she was proud on behalf of her region Alsace in the east of France, le Nouvel Observateur reports.  

French actor Alain Delon presided over the jury at the contest and accompanied Wespier at the end of the show.

Wespier was the first of two Misses to be elected this weekend. On Sunday, Christelle Roca, 20, was elected Miss Prestige National.

In her winner’s speech, she said she was very proud and would try to live up to expectations.

France has two competing beauty pageants since star presenter Geneviève de Fontenay left the production company Endemol, which owns the Miss France brand.

Last year, de Fontanay ran a rival contest called Miss National. However, a judge has since ruled she is not allowed to organise her own Miss France contest. This year the Miss Prestige National went ahead anyway in her absence.

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Clea Caulcutt (news.france@thelocal.com)

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