Miss France

Miss France is a national beauty pageant in France held each year in December, and the winner is designated by the year that begins in the ensuing January.[1] The trademark is owned by the company Miss France SAS,[2][3].[4] Local and regional pageants that provide entrants for the Miss France contest are organized by the Comité Miss France, whose emblematic president was Geneviève de Fontenay during 20 years.[4]

Miss France
MottoThe most beautiful woman of France
Formation1920
TypeBeauty pageant
HeadquartersParis
Location
Membership
Official language
French
National Director
Sylvie Tellier
Websitetf1.fr/miss-france/

The current Miss France is Clémence Botino of Guadeloupe who was crowned on 14 December 2019 in Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. Her prizes included 100,000 euros in gifts, use of a Paris apartment for one year and a monthly net salary of 3,000 euros.[5][6][7]

Miss France 2016, Iris Mittenaere of Nord-Pas-de-Calais, went on to win the title of Miss Universe 2016 in Manila, Philippines, on 30 January 2017. She is the second Miss Universe from France after 63 years.[8] The first Miss Universe from France was Christiane Martel who wasn't a contestant from Miss France but the winner of Miss Cinémonde 1953.

The national director of France is Sylvie Tellier, former Miss France.

Rules

The pageant is contested by regional winners of local contests from Metropolitan France and its overseas territories. The method of choosing the winner has varied over the years, ordinarily with a jury of celebrities choosing a set of finalists. The winner in recent years was chosen by a weighting of the jury's opinion and votes of television viewers of the pageant (who pay a fee for each vote). Since the Miss France 2010 contest, the winner is chosen entirely by the votes of viewers for the first time.[9]

The following qualifications are required to become Miss France:[1]

  • to be born female and of French nationality or naturalization,
  • to have an age of 18 to 24 years on 15 November of the year of the contest,
  • to be at least 1.70 meters tall,
  • to be never married and without children
  • to have a clean police record

One should not:

  • have had her image exploited in a manner that could be incompatible or pose an obstacle to the organizers' rights,
  • have taken part in a competing pageant,
  • have done cosmetic surgery and have appearance prosthetics (wig, colored contact lenses, etc.),
  • have visible tattoos or piercings (except earrings).
  • have ever posed partially or completely naked. Doing so after winning is also prohibited, and causes definitive loss of the title.

History

La plus belle femme de France

The first organizer of the Miss France contest was Maurice de Waleffe, a journalist. In 1920 he organized a beauty contest whose winner was to be chosen by filmgoers. The contest was called "La plus belle femme de France" – "The most beautiful woman of France".[10]

The first contest had 1,700 entrants, from which a jury chose 49 finalists. Each week for seven weeks, filmgoers received a ballot with seven different names. The winner was Agnès Souret.[11] The contest was repeated in 1921, with the winner Pauline Pô, after which it was discontinued.

Miss France

In 1926, the contest winner was called "Miss France" for the first time. The contest was discontinued after the 1940 contest because of World War II, and de Waleffe died in 1946.[11]

Starting in 1947, several different groups organized national beauty contests, some of which carried the name Miss France. One of them, founded by Jean Raibaut, was formally organized under the name "Club Charly's" in 1950.[11] The contest organized by Endemol traces its roots to a contest run by an informal group led by Guy Rinaldo and Louis de Fontenay that called itself "Comité Miss France" and crowned its first winner in 1947. After the commencement of the Miss World contest in 1951 and the Miss Universe contest in 1952, the "Comité Miss France" formally organized in 1954, with Rinaldo as president, under the name "Comité Miss France – Miss Europe – Miss Universe."[3]

In these early days, however, the organizers of the global contests did not necessarily have entrants who had won what might be considered the corresponding national contest. The entrant for Miss Universe 1953 from France, for instance, was Christiane Martel, who had won the Miss Cinémonde contest, also organized by Rinaldo, and not Sylviane Carpentier, who had won the Miss France contest.[12] Similarly, the entrant for Miss World 1953 was Denise Perrier. As a result, even though France won both the Miss World and Miss Universe contests in 1953, two different women were the winners, and neither was the winner of the Miss France contest.

The Miss France War

The administrative secretary of the "Comité Miss France – Miss Europe – Miss Universe" was Geneviève Mulmann, who along with Louis de Fontenay ousted Rinaldo on 14 September 1956. Louis and Geneviève subsequently both took the name de Fontenay, presented themselves as a married couple and had two children together, though they never married. Rinaldo formed a rival association called the "Comité Miss France de Paris". And "Club Charly's" continued to name its own Miss France. Several lawsuits and countersuits ensued.[3]

The war claimed its first injury in April 1983. The de Fontenay committee had deposed Isabelle Turpault for posing for nude photographs. After Turpault made some disparaging remarks about Geneviève de Fontenay, Turpault alleged that one of the de Fontenay children, Xavier, punched her on the Champs-Élysées.[13]

In 1986, Geneviève de Fontenay registered the trademark "Miss France" with the Institut National de la Propriété Intellectuelle (INPI), and defended it from a challenge by the Rinaldo committee. She renewed the trademark in 1996.[3]

In 1999, Eric Morley, founder and organizer of the Miss World contest, revoked the license of the de Fontenay committee and awarded it to the Rinaldo committee, headed by Antoine de Villejoie after Rinaldo's death in 1991.[14] The license was subsequently awarded to Endemol, and starting in 2005 the winner of the Endemol contest or her designated replacement has participated in Miss World.

Big Four pageants

In the early years of the Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss International contests, it was rare for the winner of the Miss France contest to compete in both (see table below). From 1961 to 1993, however, the winner of Miss France, or her runner-up, generally competed in international pageantry.

In 1971, the Miss France winner, Myriam Stocco, competed in both the Miss World and Miss Universe contests. From then until 1993, 17 of the 23 Miss France winners competed in both global contests.

Starting in 1994, the de Fontenay committee stopped sending the winner or runner-up to Miss World, a situation that led to the shift of the license to the Rinaldo committee in 1999.[14] Since 2005, however, the entrant in both global contests has been the winner of the Miss France contest organized by Endemol or her designated replacement.

Nowadays, Miss France Organization sends the country's representative to: Miss Universe and Miss World contests. If the reigning Miss France is unable to participate in one of the two contests, it is usually her première dauphine (first runner-up) that represents France in the one that she doesn't take part in. However, it is not unusual that one of her other dauphines or even her Miss France predecessor can potentially take that vacant spot.

Titleholders

La plus belle femme de France

Year Miss France Region Host city
1920 Agnès Souret Aquitaine Paris, Île-de-France
1921 Pauline Pô † Corsica Paris, Île-de-France

Pre-World War II

Year Miss France Region Host city
1927 Roberte Cusey † Jura Paris, Île-de-France
1928 Raymonde Allain Bretagne Paris, Île-de-France
1929 Germaine Laborde † Gascogne Paris, Île-de-France
Madeleine Mourgues Roussillon Paris, Île-de-France
1930 Yvette Labrousse Lyon Paris, Île-de-France
1931 Jeanne Juillia Garonne Paris, Île-de-France
Lucienne Nahmias Paris Paris, Île-de-France
1932 Lyne Quesson de Souza Côte d'Azur Nice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
1933 Jacqueline Bertin Paris Paris, Île-de-France
1934 Simone Barillier Paris Paris, Île-de-France
1935 Elisabeth Pitz Saarbrücken [15] Paris, Île-de-France
Gisèle Préville Paris Paris, Île-de-France
1936 Lynne Lassal Picardie Paris, Île-de-France
1937 Jacqueline Janet Bretagne Paris, Île-de-France
1938 Annie Garrigues[16] Pyrénées-Orientales Paris, Île-de-France
1939 Ginette Catriens Île-de-France Paris, Île-de-France
1940 Joséphine Ladwig Alsace Paris, Île-de-France

Post-World War II

Year Miss France Region Host city Notes
1947 Yvonne Viseux
Côte d'Azur Paris, Île-de-France
1948 Jacqueline Donny
Paris Paris, Île-de-France
1949 Juliette Figueras
Paris Paris, Île-de-France
1950 Maryse Delort
Paris Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
1951 Nicole Drouin
Saint-Tropez Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
1952 Josiane Pouy
Côte d'Argent Bordeaux, Aquitaine
1953 Sylviane Carpentier †[a]
Picardy Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Rhône-Alpes
1954 Irène Tunc
Côte d'Azur Évian-les-Bains, Rhône-Alpes
1955 Véronique Zuber
Paris Fontainebleau, Île-de-France
1956 Gisèle Charbit
Maroc (Is no longer a territory of france) Nice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
1957 Sylvie-Rosine Numez
Saint-Étienne Lyon, Rhône-Alpes
1958 Monique Negler
Normandy Toulouse, Midi-Pyrénées
1959 Monique Chiron
Picardy Reims, Champagne-Ardenne
1960 Brigitte Barazer de Lannurien
Côte d'Émeraude Aix-les-Bains, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
1961 Michèle Wargnier
Brittany Aix-les-Bains, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
1962 Monique Lemaire
Côte d'Émeraude Le Havre, Normandy 2nd Runner-Up at Miss World 1962 & Top 15 at Miss Universe 1963
1963 Muguette Fabris
Île-de-France Bordeaux, Aquitaine 6th Runner-Up at Miss World 1963
1964 Jacqueline Gayraud
Vendée Paris, Île-de-France Top 16 at Miss World 1964
1965 Christiane Sibellin
Lyon Yvelines, Île-de-France Top 16 at Miss World 1965
1966 Michèle Boulé
Cannes Vendôme, Centre-Val de Loire Top 15 at Miss World 1966
1967 Jeanne Beck
Normandy Enghien-les-Bains, Île-de-France
1968 Christiane Lillio
Saint-Étienne Grenoble, Rhône-Alpes
1969 Suzanne Angly
Alsace Bordeaux, Aquitaine Top 15 at Miss World 1969 & Top 15 at Miss International 1972
1970 Michelle Beaurain
Paris Mulhouse, Alsace
1971 Myriam Stocco
Languedoc-Roussillon Rungis, Île-de-France Top 12 at Miss Universe 1971 & 6th Runner-Up at Miss World 1971
1972 Claudine Cassereau
Poitou Épernay, Champagne-Ardenne
1973 Isabelle Nadia Krumacker
Lorraine Paris, Île-de-France Top 15 at Miss International 1975
1974 Edna Tepava
Tahiti Paris, Île-de-France
1975 Sophie Perin
Lorraine Paris, Île-de-France Miss International 1976
1976 Monique Uldaric
Reunion Island Évry, Île-de-France
1977 Véronique Fagot
Poitou Paris, Île-de-France Top 15 at Miss World 1977
1978 Brigitte Konjovic
Paris Paris, Île-de-France
1979 Sylvie Hélène Marie Parera
Marseille Paris, Île-de-France Top 10 at Miss International 1980
1980 Patricia Barzyk
Jura Paris, Île-de-France 1st Runner-Up at Miss World 1980
1981 Isabelle Sophie Benard
Normandy Paris, Île-de-France
1982 Sabrina Belleval
Côte d'Azur Paris, Île-de-France
1983 Frederique Marcelle Leroy
Bordeaux Paris, Île-de-France Took over the title after the original winner, Isabelle Turpault of Paris, was dethroned after it was discovered that she has participated an erotic photo shot, which is forbidden by the rules of the pageant.
1984 Martine Robine
Normandy Paris, Île-de-France
1985 Suzanne Iskandar
Alsace Paris, Île-de-France First bi-national winner (born in Lebanon)
1986 Valérie Pascale
Paris Paris, Île-de-France
1987 Nathalie Marquay
Alsace Paris, Île-de-France Top 12 at Miss World 1987 & Top 10 at Miss International 1988. First pageant broadcast on TV.
1988 Sylvie Bertin
Bresse-Bugey Paris, Île-de-France
1989 Stephanie (Peggy) Zlotkowski
Aquitaine Saint-Denis, Île-de-France
1990 Gaëlle Voiry
Aquitaine Saint-Denis, Île-de-France
1991 Maréva Georges
Tahiti La Défense, Île-de-France Top 10 at Miss Universe 1991 & Top 10 at Miss World 1991
1992 Linda Hardy
Pays de Loire La Défense, Île-de-France
1993 Véronique de la Cruz
Guadeloupe La Défense, Île-de-France Top 10 at Miss World 1993. First black winner.
1994 Valérie Claisse
Pays de Loire La Défense, Île-de-France
1995 Mélody Vilbert
Aquitaine La Défense, Île-de-France Top 10 at Miss International 1995
1996 Laure Belleville
Pays de Savoie Lille, Nord-Pas-de-Calais
1997 Patricia Spehar
Paris Futuroscope, Poitou-Charentes Top 10 at Miss International 1998
1998 Sophie Thalmann
Lorraine Deauville, Normandy
1999 Maréva Galanter
Tahiti Nancy, Lorraine
2000 Sonia Rolland
Burgundy Paris, Île-de-France Top 10 at Miss Universe 2000
2001 Élodie Gossuin
Picardy Monaco Top 10 at Miss Universe 2001
2002 Sylvie Tellier
Lyon Mulhouse, Alsace Current national director of the Miss France Organization.
2003 Corinne Coman
Guadeloupe Lyon, Rhône-Alpes
2004 Lætitia Bléger
Alsace Deauville, Normandy Dethroned during a few months after the publication of an erotic photo shot of her, which is forbidden by the rules of the pageant. First runner-up Lucie Degletagne of Burgundy took over the title during this time.
2005 Cindy Fabre
Normandy Tours, Centre-Val de Loire
2006 Alexandra Rosenfeld
Languedoc Cannes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
2007 Rachel Legrain-Trapani
Picardy Futuroscope, Poitou-Charentes
2008 Valérie Bègue
Reunion Island Dunkirk, Nord-Pas-de-Calais A few week after she won, some photos of her in suggestives poses were published. This is contrary to the rules of the pageant, which says that every contestant must have not participated to that kind of photo shot. Former national director Geneviève de Fontenay asked for the dethronement of Bègue, but Bègue received the support of many people (Reunionnese people, politics...). Finally, it was decided that she could keep her title, but she would not be able to participate to international beauty pageant. Second runner-up Laura Tanguy of Pays de la Loire replaced her to Miss World and Miss Universe. She also does not crown her successor during the Miss France 2009 pageant.
2009 Chloé Mortaud
Albigeois Midi-Pyrénées Puy du Fou, Pays de la Loire Top 10 at Miss Universe 2009 & Top 7 at Miss World 2009.

Bi-national : her mother is American.

2010 Malika Ménard
Normandy Nice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Top 15 at Miss Universe 2010
2011 Laury Thilleman
Brittany Caen, Normandy Top 10 at Miss Universe 2011
2012 Delphine Wespiser
Alsace Brest, Brittany
2013 Marine Lorphelin
Burgundy Limoges, Limousin 1st Runner-Up at Miss World 2013
2014 Flora Coquerel
Orléanais Dijon, Burgundy Top 5 at Miss Universe 2015.

Bi-national : her mother is Beninese.

2015 Camille Cerf
Nord-Pas-de-Calais Orléans, Centre-Val de Loire Top 15 at Miss Universe 2014
2016 Iris Mittenaere
Nord-Pas-de-Calais Lille, Nord-Pas-de-Calais Miss Universe 2016
2017 Alicia Aylies French Guiana Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon
2018 Maëva Coucke Nord-Pas-de-Calais Châteauroux, Centre-Val de Loire Top 12 at Miss World 2018, Top 10 at Miss Universe 2019
2019 Vaimalama Chaves Tahiti Lille, Nord-Pas-de-Calais Opted not to compete at either Miss World 2019 or Miss Universe 2019. First runner-up Ophély Mézino and predecessor Maëva Coucke were both appointed to take her place.
2020 Clémence Botino Guadeloupe Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur TBA

Note
  • a 1953: Sylviane Carpentier was refused by Miss France to travel for Miss Universe and Miss World as she had to prepare her wedding.

List of Miss France winners by region

Number Region Years
13 Île-de-France 1933, 1934, 1935, 1939, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1955, 1963, 1970, 1978, 1986, 1997
7 Rhône-Alpes 1930, 1957, 1965, 1968, 1988, 1996, 2002
6 Alsace 1940, 1969, 1985, 1987, 2004, 2012
Brittany 1928, 1937, 1960, 1961, 1962, 2011
Normandy 1958, 1967, 1981, 1984, 2005, 2010
Aquitaine 1920, 1952, 1983, 1989, 1990, 1995
5 Tahiti 1974, 1980^, 1991, 1999, 2019
Côte d'Azur 1932, 1947, 1951, 1954, 1982
4 Picardy 1936, 1953, 2001, 2007
Languedoc-Roussillon 1929, 1938, 1971, 2006
Poitou-Charentes 1959, 1966, 1972, 1977
3 Nord-Pas-de-Calais 2015, 2016, 2018
Lorraine 1973, 1975, 1998
Pays de la Loire 1964, 1992, 1994
Guadeloupe 1993, 2003, 2020
2 Burgundy 2000, 2013
Midi-Pyrénées 1931, 2009
Réunion 1976, 2008
Franche-Comté 1927, 1980
1 French Guiana 2017
Centre-Val de Loire 2014
Provence 1979
New Caledonia 1978^
Corsica 1921
0 Auvergne
Champagne-Ardenne
Limousin
Martinique
Mayotte
Saint-Martin et Saint-Barthélemy
Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon

^ Resigned

Big Four pageants representatives

  •      : Declared as Winner
  •      : Ended as runner-up or top 5/6 qualification
  •      : Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
  •      : Ended as special awards winner

France has been represented in the Big Four international beauty pageants, the four major international beauty pageants for women.[17][18] These are Miss Universe, Miss World, and Miss International and ever sent two delegates to Miss Earth.[19][20][21]

The Boldface indicates winner of the Miss World or Miss Universe pageant : France has two Miss Universe (1953, 2016), one Miss World (1953) and one Miss International (1976).

   Miss France
   Miss France 1st Runner-up
   Miss France 2nd Runner-up
   Miss France 3rd Runner-up
   Miss France 4th Runner-up
   Miss France Miss France Outre-Mer
   Miss France Semi-Finalists
   Miss France Winner of Comite Miss France-Paris Contest
Year Miss France Appointing as Representative Placement Special Awards
2020 Clémence Botino
  • Miss Universe France
Clémence Botino TBD TBD
  • Miss World France
Vaimalama Chaves TBD TBD
2019 Vaimalama Chaves
  • Miss Universe France
Maëva Coucke Top 10
  • Miss World France
Ophély Mézino 1st Runner-up Miss World Top Model (4th runner-up)
Miss World Sport (Top 32)
Beauty with a Purpose (Top 10)
Miss World Europe
2018 Maëva Coucke
  • Miss Universe France
Eva Colas Unplaced
  • Miss World France
Maëva Coucke Top 12 Miss World Top Model, Head-to-head challenge winner
2017 Alicia Aylies
  • Miss Universe France
Alicia Aylies Unplaced
  • Miss World France
Aurore Kichenin Top 5 Head-to-head challenge winner, Miss World Top Model (Top 30)
2016 Iris Mittenaere
  • Miss Universe France
Iris Mittenaere Miss Universe 2016
  • Miss World France
Morgane Edvige Top 20 Miss World Top Model (Top 5)
2015 Camille Cerf
  • Miss Universe France
Flora Coquerel Top 5
  • Miss World France
Hinarere Taputu Top 11 Miss World Top Model (Top 5), Dance of the World (Top 7), Miss World Sport (Top 24)
  • Miss International France
Charlotte Pirroni Unplaced
  • Miss Earth France
Alyssa Wurtz Top 16
2014 Flora Coquerel
  • Miss Universe France
Camille Cerf Top 15
  • Miss World France
Flora Coquerel Unplaced Miss World Top Model (Top 20)
  • Miss International France
Aurianne Sinacola Unplaced Miss Perfect Body
  • Miss Earth France
Laëtizia Penmellen Unplaced Miss Photogenic
2013 Marine Lorphelin
  • Miss Universe France
Hinarani de Longeaux 17ème
  • Miss World France
Marine Lorphelin 1st Runner-up Continental Queen of Europe, Beauty With a Purpose (5th Runner-up), Miss World Top Model (Top 10), Miss World Beach Beauty (Top 11),
  • Miss Earth France
Sophie Garenaux Top 16
2012 Delphine Wespiser
  • Miss Universe France
Marie Payet Top 10
  • Miss World France
Delphine Wespiser Unplaced
  • Miss International France
Marion Amelineau Unplaced
2011 Laury Thilleman
  • Miss Universe France
Laury Thilleman Top 10
  • Miss World France
Clémence Oleksy Unplaced
  • Miss International France
Laura Maurey Unplaced
2010 Malika Ménard
  • Miss Universe France
Malika Ménard Top 15
  • Miss World France
Virginie Dechenaud Top 25
  • Miss International France
Florima Treiber Top 10
2009 Chloé Mortaud
  • Miss Universe France
Chloé Mortaud Top 10
  • Miss World France
Chloé Mortaud Top 7
  • Miss International France
Mathilde Muller Unplaced
2008 Valérie Bègue
  • Miss Universe France
Laura Tanguy Unplaced
  • Miss World France
Laura Tanguy Unplaced
  • Miss International France
Vicky Michaud Unplaced
2007 Rachel Legrain-Trapani
  • Miss Universe France
Rachel Legrain-Trapani 52ème
  • Miss World France
Rachel Legrain-Trapani Unplaced
  • Miss International France
Sophie Vouzelaud Unplaced
2006 Alexandra Rosenfeld
  • Miss Universe France
Alexandra Rosenfeld 22ème
  • Miss World France
Laura Fasquel[22] Unplaced
  • Miss International France
Marie-Charlotte Meré Unplaced
2005 Cindy Fabre
  • Miss Universe France
Cindy Fabre 29ème
  • Miss World France
Cindy Fabre Unplaced
  • Miss International France
Cynthia Tevere Top 10
2004 Lætitia Bléger
  • Miss Universe France
Lætitia Bléger Unplaced
  • Miss World France
Lætitia Marciniak Unplaced
  • Miss International France
Lucie Degletagne Unplaced
2003 Corinne Coman
  • Miss Universe France
Emmanuelle Chossat Unplaced
  • Miss World France
Virginie Dubois Unplaced
  • Miss International France
Elodie Couffin Unplaced
2002 Sylvie Tellier
  • Miss Universe France
Sylvie Tellier 42ème
  • Miss World France
Caroline Chamorand Unplaced
  • Miss International France
Emmanuelle Jogadinsinski 1st Runner-up
2001 Élodie Gossuin
  • Miss Universe France
Élodie Gossuin Top 10
  • Miss World France
Emmanuelle Chossat Unplaced
  • Miss International France
Nawal Benhlal Unplaced
2000 Sonia Rolland
  • Miss Universe France
Sonia Rolland Top 10
  • Miss World France
Karine Meier Unplaced
  • Miss International France
Tatiana Michèle Bouguer Unplaced
1999 Maréva Galanter
  • Miss Universe France
Maréva Galanter 13ème
  • Miss World France
Sandra Bretones Unplaced
  • Miss International France
Céline Cheuva Unplaced
1998 Sophie Thalmann
  • Miss Universe France
Sophie Thalmann Unplaced
  • Miss World France
Véronique Caloc 1st Runner-up
  • Miss International France
Patricia Spehar Top 10
1997 Patricia Spehar
Île-de-France
  • Miss Universe France
Patricia Spehar 37ème
  • Miss World France
Laure Belleville[23] Unplaced
  • Miss International France
Marie Pauline Borg 2nd Runner-up
1996 Laure Belleville
  • Miss Universe France
Laure Belleville 11ème
  • Miss World France
Séverine Deroualle Unplaced
  • Miss International France
Nancy Cornelia Delettrez Unplaced
1995 Mélody Vilbert
  • Miss Universe France
Corinne Lauret 17ème
  • Miss World France
Hélène Lantoine Unplaced
  • Miss International France
Mélody Vilbert Top 10
1994 Valérie Claisse
  • Miss Universe France
Valérie Claisse 36ème
  • Miss World France
Radiah Latidine Unplaced
  • Miss International France
Nathalie Pereira Unplaced
1993 Véronique de la Cruz
  • Miss Universe France
Véronique de la Cruz Unplaced
  • Miss World France
Véronique de la Cruz 6th Runner-up
  • Miss International France
Marie-Ange Noelle Contart Unplaced
1992 Linda Hardy
  • Miss Universe France
Linda Hardy Unplaced
  • Miss World France
Linda Hardy Unplaced
  • Miss International France
Benedicte Marie Delmas Unplaced
1991 Maréva Georges
  • Miss Universe France
Maréva Georges Top 10
  • Miss World France
Maréva Georges Top 10
  • Miss International France
Catherine Clarysse 1st Runner-up
1990 Gaëlle Voiry
  • Miss Universe France
Gaëlle Voiry 21ème
  • Miss World France
Gaëlle Voiry Unplaced
  • Miss International France
Celine Marteau Unplaced
1989 Stephanie (Peggy) Zlotkowski
  • Miss Universe France
Pascale Meotti Unplaced
  • Miss World France
Stephanie (Peggy) Zlotkowski Unplaced
  • Miss International France
Dorothée Lambert Unplaced
1988 Sylvie Bertin
  • Miss Universe France
Claudia Frittolini Unplaced
  • Miss World France
Claudia Frittolini Unplaced
  • Miss International France
Nathalie Marquay Top 10
1987 Nathalie Marquay
  • Miss Universe France
Nathalie Marquay Unplaced
  • Miss World France
Nathalie Marquay 6th Runner-up
  • Miss International France
Joelle Annik Ramyhed Unplaced
1986 Valérie Pascale
Île-de-France
  • Miss Universe France
Catherine Carew (Guadeloupe) Unplaced
  • Miss World France
Catherine Carew (Guadeloupe) Unplaced
  • Miss International France
Cathy Billaudeau Unplaced
1985 Suzanne Iskandar
  • Miss Universe France
Suzanne Iskandar Unplaced
  • Miss World France
Nathalie Jones (New-Caledonia) Unplaced
  • Miss International France
Nathalie Jones (New-Caledonia) Unplaced
1984 Martine Robine
  • Miss Universe France
Martine Robine Unplaced
  • Miss World France
Martine Robine Unplaced
  • Miss International France
Corinne Terrason Unplaced
1983 Frederique Marcelle Leroy
  • Miss Universe France
Frederique Marcelle Leroy Unplaced
  • Miss World France
Frederique Marcelle Leroy Unplaced
  • Miss International France
Valérie Guenveur Unplaced
1982 Sabrina Belleval
  • Miss Universe France
Martine Marie Philipps Unplaced
  • Miss World France
Martine Marie Philipps Unplaced
  • Miss International France
Isabelle Rochard Unplaced
1981 Isabelle Sophie Benárd
  • Miss Universe France
Isabelle Sophie Benárd Unplaced
  • Miss World France
Isabelle Sophie Benárd Unplaced
  • Miss International France
Beatriz Peyet Unplaced
1980 Patricia Barzyk
  • Miss Universe France
Brigitte Choquet Unplaced
  • Miss World France
Patricia Barzyk 1st Runner-up
  • Miss International France
Sylvie Hélène Marie Parera Unplaced Miss Photogenic
1979 Sylvie Hélène Marie Parera
  • Miss Universe France
Sylvie Hélène Marie Parera Unplaced
  • Miss World France
Sylvie Hélène Marie Parera Unplaced
  • Miss International France
Martine Juliette David Unplaced
1978 Brigitte Konjovic
Île-de-France
  • Miss Universe France
Brigitte Konjovic Unplaced
  • Miss World France
Kelly Hoarau Unplaced
  • Miss International France
Véronique Fagot Unplaced
1977 Véronique Fagot
  • Miss Universe France
Véronique Fagot Unplaced
  • Miss World France
Véronique Fagot Top 15
  • Miss International France
Catherine Pouchele Unplaced
1976 Monique Uldaric
  • Miss Universe France
Monique Uldaric Unplaced
  • Miss World France
Monique Uldaric Unplaced
  • Miss International France
Sophie Perin Miss International 1976
1975 Sophie Perin
  • Miss Universe France
Sophie Perin Unplaced
  • Miss World France
Sophie Perin Unplaced
  • Miss International France
Isabelle Nadia Krumacker Top 15 Miss Photogenic
1974 Edna Tepava
  • Miss Universe France
Brigitte Marie Flayac Unplaced Top Model Award
  • Miss World France
Edna Tepava Unplaced
  • Miss International France
Josiane Bouffeni Unplaced
1973 Isabelle Nadia Krumacker
  • Miss Universe France
Isabelle Nadia Krumacker Unplaced
  • Miss World France
Isabelle Nadia Krumacker Unplaced
  • Miss International France
Christine Schmidth Top 15
1972 Claudine Cassereau
  • Miss Universe France
Claudine Cassereau Unplaced
  • Miss World France
Claudine Cassereau Unplaced
  • Miss International France
Suzanne Angly Top 15
1971 Myriam Stocco
  • Miss Universe France
Myriam Stocco Top 12
  • Miss World France
Myriam Stocco 6th Runner-up
  • Miss International France
Laurence Vallée Unplaced
1970 Michelle Beaurain
Île-de-France
  • Miss Universe France
Françoise Durand-Behot Unplaced
  • Miss World France
Michelle Beaurain Unplaced
  • Miss International France
Dominique Pasquier Unplaced
1969 Suzanne Angly
  • Miss Universe France
Agathe Cognet Unplaced
  • Miss World France
Suzanne Angly Top 15
  • Miss International France
Sophie Yallant Unplaced
1968 Christiane Lillio
  • Miss Universe France
Elizabeth Cadren Top 15 Best Swimsuit
  • Miss World France
Nelly Gallerne Top 15
  • Miss International France
Nelly Gallerne Top 15
1967 Jeanne Beck
  • Miss Universe France
Anne Vernier Unplaced
  • Miss World France
Carole Noe Top 15
  • Miss International France
Martine Grateau Unplaced
1966 Michèle Boulé
  • Miss Universe France
Michèle Boulé Unplaced
  • Miss World France
Michèle Boulé Top 15
1965 Christiane Sibellin
  • Miss Universe France
Marie-Thérèse Tullio Unplaced
  • Miss World France
Christiane Sibellin Top 16
  • Miss International France
Marie-Perron Unplaced
1964 Jacqueline Gayraud
  • Miss Universe France
Edith Noël Top 10
  • Miss World France
Jacqueline Gayraud Top 16
  • Miss International France
Brigitte Pradel Unplaced
1963 Muguette Fabris
Île-de-France
  • Miss Universe France
Monique Lemaire Top 15[23]
  • Miss World France
Muguette Fabris 6th Runner-up
  • Miss International France
Marie-Josée LeCocq Unplaced
1962 Monique Lemaire
  • Miss Universe France
Sabine Surget Unplaced
  • Miss World France
Monique Lemaire 2nd Runner-up
1961 Luce Auger
Miss Outre-Mer
  • Miss Universe France
Simone Darot Top 15
  • Miss World France
Michèle Wargnier 3rd Runner-up
  • Miss International France
Brigitte Barazer de Lannurien Unplaced
1960 Brigitte Barazer de Lannurien
Miss Côte d'Emeraude (Brittany)
  • Miss Universe France
Florence Eyrie Unplaced
  • Miss World France
Diane Medina Top 15
  • Miss International France
Suzanne Degrémont Unplaced
1959 Monique Chiron
Miss Picardy
  • Miss Universe France
Françoise St-Laurent Top 15
  • Miss World France
Marie Hélène Trové Unplaced
1958 Monique Negler
Miss Normandy
  • Miss Universe France
Monique Boulinguez Unplaced
  • Miss World France
Claudine Auger 1st Runner-up
1957 Sylvie-Rosine Numez
Miss Saint-Etienne
  • Miss Universe France
Lisa Simon Unplaced
  • Miss World France
Claude Inès Navarro 5th Runner-up[24]
1956 Gisèle Charbit
Miss Morocco
  • Miss Universe France
Anita Treyens Top 15
  • Miss World France
Genevieve Solare Unplaced
1955 Véronique Zuber
Miss Paris
  • Miss Universe France
Claudie Petit Unplaced
  • Miss World France
Gisele Thierry 5th Runner-up[25]
1954 Irène Tunc
Miss Côte d'Azur
  • Miss Universe France
Jacqueline Beer Top 16
  • Miss World France
Claudine Bleuse 3rd Runner-up[26]
1953 Sylviane Carpentier
Miss Picardy
  • Miss Universe France
Christiane Martel Miss Universe 1953
  • Miss World France
Denise Perrier Miss World 1953
1952 Josiane Pouy
Miss Côte d'Argent
  • Miss Universe France
Claude Godart Unplaced
  • Miss World France
Nicole Drouin[23] Unplaced
1951 Nicole Drouin
Miss Saint-Tropez
  • Miss World France
Jacqueline Lemoine Unplaced

Hosts

Venue

Disputes and vacancies

The title has been declared vacant on several occasions, with the runner-up generally fulfilling the term of the winner.

YearWinnerReplacementReasons
1935 Elisabeth Pitz Giselle Preville Pitz returned her crown after 2 hours and was replaced by Preville.[27]
1954 Irène Tunc Danielle Génault No reason given,[27] though Tunc was already starting to appear in movies.[28]
1956 Maryse Fabre Gisèle Charbit Fabre's election rescinded after public protests. Charbit was elected the following evening.[27]
1961 Luce Auger Michèle Wargnier Auger deposed for being a mother, even though she had informed the organizers.[29]
1966 Michèle Boulé Monique Boucher No reason given,[27] although Boulé competed in both the Miss World and Miss Universe pageants.
1972 Chantal Bouvier de la Motte Claudine Cassereau Resigned because of injuries from a fall from a horse.[27]
1978 Pascale Taurua Brigitte Konjovic Taurua resigned to return to New Caledonia rather than stay in France for a year. The first runner-up, Kelly Hoarau from Reunion Island, declined also, but competed in the Miss World contest. Konjovic, second runner-up, took the position and competed in Miss Universe.[27]
1983 Isabelle Turpault Frederique Marcelle Leroy Deposed for posing nude in a magazine.[27]
1988 Sylvie Bertin Claudia Frittolini Deposed for refusing to participate in Miss Universe contest.[27]
2004 Laetitia Bléger Lucie Degletagne Deposed for six months for posing nude in Playboy. Restored after apologizing. Successfully sued her agent for manipulating her.[27]
2008 Valérie Bègue Laura Tanguy Repudiated by Geneviève de Fontenay for "scandalous" photos in a magazine,[30] but retained her title with the support of Endemol. She agreed not to compete in the global contests. The first runner-up, Miss New Caledonia, Vahinerii Requillart, decided to not compete in Miss Universe because she wanted to continue studying.[31] Tanguy, the second runner-up, competed in the Miss World and Miss Universe contests.[27]

Fictional portrayals

References

  1. Miss France registration form (in French)
  2. MISS FRANCE SAS sur SOCIETE.COM (in French)
  3. WIPO Domain Name Decision (in French)
  4. L'entreprise "Miss France" Archived 11 December 2012 at Archive.today (in French)
  5. Boquet-Vautor, Lorelei (17 December 2017). "Miss France 2018 : La grande gagnante est Maeva Coucke alias Miss Nord Pas de Calais" (in French). TF1.
  6. "À CHÂTEAUROUX, MAËVA COUCKE, MISS NORD-PAS-DE-CALAIS DEVIENT MISS FRANCE 2018 !" (in French). Wit. 16 December 2017.
  7. "Maëva Coucke, Miss Nord Pas-de-Calais, wins Miss France 2018". Lucire. 17 December 2017.
  8. "France's Iris Mittenaere wins Miss Universe 2016". 30 January 2017.
  9. Miss France 2010 : Malika Ménard élue avec 34% des votes du public Archived 18 July 2012 at Archive.today (in French)
  10. La société Miss France (in French)
  11. Historique
  12. Critical Beauty – The Miss France Controversy Archived 19 November 2008 at Archive.today
  13. Critical Beauty – The Miss France Controversy Archived 8 July 2011 at Archive.today
  14. "Miss World and Miss France Statement Issued by Eric Morley", reprinted in "La vérité tirée du chapeau," pp. 132–133
  15. (until 1935, Saarbrücken was not part of Germany but was under the administration of the League of Nations)
  16. (in French) Fabricio Cardenas, Vieux papiers des Pyrénées-Orientales, Miss Pyrénées-Orientales élue Miss France en 1938, 7 decembre 2014
  17. Jun, Kwanwoo (3 December 2003). "Lost in Storm's Debris: A Beauty Pageant". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  18. Kenya, News (15 July 2011). "Beauty with scandals". Standard Digital News. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  19. Vietnam, News (8 October 2008). "Những scandal của Miss World". Vietnam Express. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  20. Ibrahim, Lynda (13 September 2013). "The misses and missuses of the world". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  21. Lowe, Aya (25 January 2016). "Philippines' Miss Universe returns home, ignites dreams". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  22. Miss World 2006: Meet the Contestants Archived 25 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine Rosenfeld declined to participate in Miss World after a "sour experience" at Miss Universe.
  23. Won previous year's Miss France contest.
  24. MissWorld.com : History 1957 Archived 19 January 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  25. MissWorld.com : History 1955 Archived 19 January 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  26. MissWorld.com : History 1954 Archived 19 January 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  27. Palmarès des Miss France depuis 1920 à nos jours (in French)
  28. Irène Tunc at IMDB.com
  29. "Il lui a fallu six ans de procedure pour reconquerir son titre de Miss France", L'Aurore, 7 April 1967, reprinted in "La vérité tirée du chapeau", p. 85 (in French). Despite the title of the article, Luce Auger did not regain her title.
  30. Miss France Valerie Begue Photos Scandal Archived 2 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  31. Vahinerii Requillart décline l'offre du Comité Miss France
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