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

“Glamor” for some, “discriminating” for others, the 2022 edition of the Miss France competition, the previous one of which had been followed by more than 10 million viewers, is held Saturday evening in Caen, while it is more and more criticized.

The name of the successor of Miss France 2021, the Norman Amandine Petit, should be known in the night from Saturday to Sunday, at half past midnight at the earliest, after a show which will start at 21 H 05 at the Zénith de Caen.

During this evening on the theme of musicals, 29 regional misses from 18 to 24 years 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 finalists 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”, declared Friday the Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot on BFMTV.

“We need a little lightness” and these young women “are far from being potiches”, estimated the minister.

This competition Reserved for single women with a minimum height of 1, 70 meter, however, is the subject of an increasing number of criticisms.

The Minister for Equality between Women and Men Elisabeth Moreno, deplored on Friday “outdated rules (…) which can be discriminatory”. Ms. Moreno spoke in a brief interview that 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 had qualified the rules of the competition as” completely has been “.

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

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

– “Reaped benefits” –

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

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 I think that surely the status of single is obsolete “, she also admitted.

The participation of transgender people is” possible “and has” been part of the discussions “with Ms. Laroche-Joubert, a besides assured Mrs. Moreno on Saturday on Europe 1.

This “possibility” made Geneviève de Fontenay, 89 jump, slammed the door of the competition for divergence of view ten years ago. The emblematic “Miss des Miss” was “very shocked” in a press release.

For the minister, the competition nevertheless deserves to be supported because “it was a means to many women to emancipate themselves “.

But he continues to annoy. 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, the competition, already organized in Caen, had “cost 200. 000 euros “in 2010 to the city.

” In view of the profits made by the organizing company, there are instead of wondering “on” public financial support “for this event, said this opposition group in a press release.

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

The industrial tribunal of Bobigny must look into the 21 June on the procedure launched by the association which accuses the competition of violation of labor law.