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Miss France slammed for being 'white as snow'

AFP · 10 Dec 2012, 18:00

Published: 10 Dec 2012 18:00 GMT+01:00

Marine Lorphelin, 19, a brunette medical student from Burgundy, was on Saturday crowned Miss France 2013, having edged out Miss Tahiti, Hinarini de Longeaux, in the final round of judging.

Louis-Georges Tin, the president of the CRAN (Representative Council of Black Associations), on Monday lamented the lack of contestants from France's African and north African communities.

"The failure to represent the contemporary French population in an event such as this is obviously serious," Tin said in a statement issued jointly with Fred Royer, the creator of Miss Black France.

"It amounts to denying the very existence of French people of African origin." 

Of the 33 finalists in Saturday's contest, eight were from ethnic minorities with six of those coming from France's Pacific or Caribbean territories.

"In the antiquated world of Miss France, blacks apparently can only come from overseas departments," the CRAN statement said.

"As for Frenchwomen of north African heritage, they were 'represented' by only one candidate who was quickly eliminated (too Muslim perhaps?)."

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France is home to around five million Muslims, most of them of north African origin.

The statement went on to express regret that "Miss France is as white as the end of year snow on the steeples of an eternal France."

Your comments about this article

2012-12-13 00:43:35 by Eric
These blacks are nothing more than racist.
2012-12-13 04:16:11 by starburst
Im not racist like jeandeux and i love everyone, asian, black, white, indian etc...
France is a country, where there are many races. Its important that everyone be treated fairly, especially in competitions like this.Throughout time many races have come to France to live and have children. So miss France could and should be any race of a woman, as long as she was born here. She doesnt necessarily have to be white because being french doesnt mean your white, like i said and as many of you know, there are many other races here that are born french. This is one of the beauties of France.

One question that should be considered is how many other races competed? Maybe there was many, not many or none please forgive me as this is the first time im reading this article and i will be reading up more on this.
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