Source: Yahoo! News

Flora Coquerel - AFP Photo by Philippe Desmazes / AFP / File
Flora Coquerel – AFP Photo by Philippe Desmazes / AFP / File

Before the competition, Coquerel, whose mother is from Benin in West Africa, told France 3 television that she believed her mixed heritage was an advantage.

“It shows that today’s France is a mixed France, where there is every culture, and I think a lot of people will see themselves in me,”

she said.

Her victory came amid concern over a series of racist incidents in France, including slurs against the country’s top black politician, Justice Minister Christiane Taubira, who has been compared to a monkey several times in recent months.

In her first post-pageant press conference, Coquerel suggested her victory was a evidence of France’s acceptance of different backgrounds.

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