Tuesday, 19 Jan 2021 - 6 of Shevat, 5781

Miss France 2021 finalist targeted by a wave of anti-Semitic tweets

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French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said the national police ‘’were mobilized’’ to find the people behind antisemitic tweets that targeted Miss Provence April Benayoum who competed among finalists Saturday night for the Miss France 2021 beauty pageant.

The minister said he  was “deeply shocked.”

During an interview at the Miss France contest ceremony, April Benayoun noted that her father was Israeli. Benayoum found himself the object of a wave of anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist slurs on Twitter.

Production company Endemol and TF1 tv channel, which broadcast the event,  offered harsh words for the tweets, saying they “condemn the hateful and anti-Semitic comments made last night on social media” that attacked Benayoum.

Ariel Goldmann, president of the United Jewish Social Fund (FSJU) and the Judaism Foundation, declared that “the vaccine against anti-Semitism is not on the eve of being available ”

Miss Normandy Amandine Petit won the crown of Miss France by biting her nails thanks to a tiebreaker April Benayoum.

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