The association “Osez le féminisme” argues that the “Miss France” competition contravenes labor law by practicing “discriminatory recruitment”.
Justice dismissed on Friday the association “Osez le féminisme”, which argued before the industrial tribunal of Bobigny that the contest “Miss France”, of which it denounces the “sexist” nature, contravened labor law.
The court declared itself competent to deal with the question raised, “which means that (it) recognizes the existence of a work and a process of recruitment” in the selection of candidates for the beauty pageant, observed “Dare feminism” in a press release.
However, the prud’hommes rejected the other demands of feminist activists, an “intolerable decision which perpetuates a discriminatory and illegal recruitment process”, regretted the association, which says it is waiting to learn the motivation for the decision. before possibly appealing.
The activists of “Osez le féminisme” had started this legal procedure in October 2021, arguing that the organizers of the competition imposed discriminatory clauses on young candidates – such as being at least 1.70 m tall or ” representative of beauty”. These criteria are “sexist and illegal”, maintains the association.
“Osez le féminisme” contested the nature of the legal link between the organizers and the candidates
In a brief statement sent to the media, the Miss France Society and Endemol Production declared themselves Friday “happy that their arguments have been heard”. Miss France “remains committed to highlighting all women”, added the organizers.
“Dare feminism” disputed the nature of the legal link between the organizers and the candidates: since last year, they have signed an employment contract with the production of the show, as “models”. The activists believe that this contract should begin not three days before the election, but from the regional selections.
At the hearing last November, the president of the Miss France Society, Alexia Laroche-Jouberthad maintained that this question did not fall within its competence because it was only in charge of the national election.
Modernizing an image that is often decried
She had also refuted to journalists that the competition could be described as “sexist”.
Ms. Laroche-Joubert had also denounced a desire for “censorship” on the part of feminist activists. “They don’t have to govern morality. When you think you can decide for women, I find that unacceptable,” she said.
For the election of Miss France 2023, on December 17 – won by the Guadeloupean Indira Ampiot – the organizers had underlined that they had widened their selection criteria, in order to modernize an often criticized image.
Open to transgender women, “from the moment the candidate has a female civil status”
Until then, only women between 18 and 24 years old, having no children and measuring at least 1.70 m could claim the title.
If the minimum size remains, the competition is now open to all women over 18, without age limit, including married, with or without children. A rule that even applies to transgender women, “from the moment the candidate has a female civil status”, according to Ms. Laroche-Joubert.