AFRICANGLOBE – A mixed-race beauty queen who was crowned Miss France 2014 earlier this month has faced racism on social media sites.
As she accepted her Miss France 2014 title, Flora Coquerel, 19, said: “I’m proud to represent a multicultural France.”
However, within minutes, social media was drowned with incendiary comments.
According to French media organisations TF1, Gala, and Le Télégramme there was over 1.1 million tweets on Twitter the night she won, including some horrific racist tweets.
One person tweeted: “I’m not a racist but shouldn’t the Miss France contest only be open to White girls?”
Another tweet simply said: “F*ck, a n***er”
According to French media, the most popular hashtags that night were “shame”, “black”, and “n*gger”.
Numerous articles claimed Coquerel’s victory was “surfing on the Nelson Mandela wave”, implying there was a pro-Black agenda in because he had just passed away, reported Elle online.
The 19-year-old, whose mother is from the West African state of Benin, insisted that France is happily “mixed” was chosen by a combination of public votes and a celebrity jury.
This is not the first time there has been a racist uproar involving the Miss France pageant.
In 2000, Rwandan-born Sonia Rolland won the same beauty contest and received nearly 3000 letters of insults. One letter contained feces with a note that said: “This is what your face reminds me off when I see you on television.”
Coquerel’s recent victory also comes amid a series of other racist incidents in the European country.
Last month a far-right French publication compared Black justice minister Christiane Taubira to a monkey, with comments such as “Taubira gets her banana back” and “crafty as a monkey.”
By: Rykesha Hudson