For and against: Miss France beauty pageant

Miss France 2018 Maëva Coucke

Miss France: outdated or a celebration of women? 

The Miss France TV contest is hugely popular, attracting up to eight million viewers on TF1 last December.

It beats viewing figures for the last day of the Tour de France – seven million – and compares to 15,000 online viewers to Miss Great Britain, which was last on UK TV in the 1980s.

The show introduces 30 contestants from across France’s regions and overseas territories in different outfits, including swimwear.

Five finalists are then chosen by the public and TV jury before the public votes for its favourite.

A Miss can only be a Miss if she is French and single, aged 18-24, and at least 170cm tall.

She must not have a criminal record nor children, nor have had plastic surgery nor any “glamour” photo shoots.

This year’s competition takes place in Marseille, on December 14, with a theme of “world travel”. Robbie Williams ...

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