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Miss France: TF1 and Endemol condemned for showing two candidates topless

Miss France: TF1 and Endemol condemned for showing two candidates topless
Miss France: TF1 and Endemol condemned for showing two candidates topless

The Lille court has condemned the television broadcaster and the production company to pay 40,000 euros to the two finalists of the beauty contest.2019.

On 15 December 2018, when they were both finalists for Miss France, Carla Bonesso, Miss Aquitaine and Manon Jean-Mistral, Miss Corsica, discovered with horror the broadcast, during the evening, behind the scenes of the ceremony. While changing costumes, the two young women were filmed without their knowledge, topless.

They then filed a complaint. On Wednesday 12 December 2023, the Lille court ruled in their favor. Considering that the two complainants were identifiable and that they had not been asked for their consent to film them in their privacy, the magistrates ordered TF1 and Endemol, the production company of Miss France, to each pay 40,000 euros in damages and interest.

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“Women’s bodies are not a commodity”

In a press release, lawyers for Carla Bonesso and Manon Jean-Mistral welcomed the verdict. “These court rulings are important as they serve as a reminder that the bodies of candidates, and women in general, are not a commodity at the disposal of production companies. »

This court decision comes a few days before the telecast of the Miss France 2024 competition on Saturday 16 December. Directed since 2022 by Cindy Fabre, Miss France 2005, the competition has taken a “feminist” turn for several years to better satisfy the aspirations of the candidates and of our society. Claiming to fight against hypersexualisation, she did not, however, put an end to the famous photo shoot before the elections, nor to the swimsuit parade.


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