The Miss France pageant is a national beauty contest conducted in France each December, with the winner determined by the year that begins in the following January. The Miss France SAS firm owns the trademark. The Comite Miss France organizes local and regional pageants that offer contestants for the Miss France competition. These events are not affiliated with the national organization or with one another.
Miss France was created in 1973 by Jack Lang, then minister of culture and communication, as a way to promote French fashion across Europe. In addition to its cultural importance, the contest has been described as a "marker" for selecting the new queen of France. It is sponsored by Lagardère Entertainment and broadcast on France's TF1 network.
In 2014 Miss France was crowned by her successor at the time, Eluana Engler. The former model and actress had to leave the country after being charged with manslaughter for an incident that occurred while she was performing as a Roman acrobatist. She went on trial but was later acquitted by a Paris court.
After several months off the stage, Miss France returned in 2015 looking forward to a new era. Emmanuelle Alt took over the role from Eluana Engler who had left the country earlier that year. Alt had previously served as director of research and development at Lagardère Media, which produced and aired the show together with France's Canal + television network.
The first pageant was held in 1960. Miss International is the world's fourth largest pageant in terms of the number of national winners who compete in the international competition. The first Miss International pageant was held at the Tokyo Opera House with 12 contestants from around the world.
Miss World and Miss Universe were the only two big international pageants before the creation of Miss International. In 1954, New York City hosted the first Miss America pageant, which was created by newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst to promote his newspapers on what was then known as American soil. The first Miss International pageant took place a year later in Tokyo. Although Miss World 1953 winner Christine Van Den Wyngaert represented Belgium at the first Miss Universe pageant, she did not win. That title went to British Columbia resident Marilyn Meekins.
Christine Braafheid of the Netherlands was crowned Miss International 1959 by Emiko Kimura Saoji, daughter of the president of Japan. The 1st Runner-up was Vida Ivancevic from Yugoslavia and the 2nd Runner-up was Miwa Matsumoto from Japan. The final placement was: 1st Place - Christine Braafheid; 2nd Place - Vida Ivancevic; 3rd Place - Miwa Matsumoto.
Miss Georgia is the national pageant linked with Miss World and Miss Universe (country). The Miss Georgia USA competition determines the state of Georgia's representative in the Miss USA pageant. The winner of the pageant goes to compete with her or she could choose not to go. If a girl wins both states' titles, she can choose which one to represent so there can be twin sisters representing different states at the same time.
The first Miss Georgia USA was held in Atlanta on May 18, 1960. The current director of the pageant is Charlene Matthews who has managed the program since 2009. Her first year as manager was also her last year competing as a contestant; she placed third.
There are no specific requirements to become Miss Georgia USA but you do need to be a United States citizen, at least 17 years old, and live in the state for at least 12 months. You cannot have been crowned previously. Applicants must submit a photo and resume by mail or online. The deadline to apply is two weeks before the event.
Top winners were awarded $15,000 cash plus other prizes such as cars, houses, and travel expenses. Since the inception of the franchise in 1960, the state title has been won by only eight women because most winners choose to remain in the pageant system.
Miss Universe Sweden used to be an official representative in the Miss Sweden contest (in Swedish: Froken Sverige). The winner of this pageant was always held to a higher level than the Miss World representative. Were published in the feminine journal VeckoRevyn. Moore organized the previous competition!
After the Miss Sweden contest was cancelled in 2014, due to lack of interest from sponsors, it was decided that Miss Universe Sweden would no longer participate in the Miss World contest.
In 2015, a new national contest called "Miss Universe Sweden" was launched by TV4 on January 31, 2015. This is a separate event from the international franchise Miss Universe. The first winner was to be crowned at the Miss Universe Sweden pageant on June 14, 2015 in Stockholm. However, since none of the contestants were able to win the title, the 2nd runner-up was given the role instead.
The second Miss Universe Sweden was Tereza Němcová, who later became Miss Universe 2016. She was married to Peter Niemczyk, former Prime Minister of the Czech Republic.
Since 2016, there has been no official connection between Miss Sweden and Miss World. However, some candidates have continued to compete in both pageants.
In 2017, a group of young women came together with the aim to revive the concept of Miss Sweden.
France hopes to add the European Championship title to their World Cup crown this year, but first they must defend the trophy they won three years ago in Russia, as qualification for the 2022 event in Qatar begins on Wednesday. France is one of eight teams that have qualified for the finals.
The French team has always been popular in Europe and even beyond it - France has been playing international football since 1892 and is considered one of the most successful nations in terms of winners' medals at international tournaments - but they had never won the World Cup before 2014. France was drawn into a difficult group with Germany, Argentina and Australia, but came out on top of all three matches to book their place at the final stage. In the last four games, France has been undefeated. The team from Paris will now be hoping to add the world title to its European Championship medal.
In the summer of 2018, French football was rocked by reports of a massive betting scandal that involved many of the country's biggest clubs and players. Several people were arrested and several others fired from their jobs as police investigated whether there was any evidence of corruption involved. But despite the news coming from France, there are no signs that anything illegal happened during France's winning campaign four years ago. The national team remained faithful to their strategies throughout the tournament and they proved time and time again that they are one of the best sides in Europe.
Paris Saint-Germain won their seventh Coupe de France trophy. The Coupe Charles Simon, often known as the Coupe de France, is a French football knockout cup competition managed by the French Football Federation.
See France women's national football team for the women's team. The French national football team (French: Equipe de France de football) represents France in men's international football and is managed by the French Football Federation, usually known as the FFF or the Federation francaise de football in French.