France’s interior minister has led high-profile condemnation of anti-Semitic abuse directed at the runner up of Miss France 2021, who has Israeli origins
Saying he was “deeply shocked by the rain of anti-Semitic insults,” Gerald Darmanin noted in a tweet that police were now mobilized to investigate.
Benayoum, who won Miss Provence before competing nationally, was born to a Serbo-Croatian mother and an Israeli father.
“It is sad to witness such behaviour in 2020,” she told Var-Matin newspaper following the abuse. “But it does not affect me at all.”
Pageant organizers were swift to condemn the abuse, saying it was “totally contrary to the values of the channel, the production and the show.”
The Miss France winner, Amandine Petit, told BFM TV the comments were “inappropriate” and “extremely disappointing.”