Miss France Beauty Pageant Runner-up Targeted by Antisemitic Tweets After Saying Her Father Is Israeli

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Miss Provence April Benayoum competes on stage during the Miss France 2021 beauty contest at the Puy-du-Fou, in Les Epesses, western France, on December 20, 2020.
Miss Provence April Benayoum competes on stage during the Miss France 2021 beauty contest at the Puy-du-Fou, in Les Epesses, western France, on December 20, 2020.Credit: Loic Venance / AFP
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Cnaan Liphshiz

The runner-up in the Miss France beauty pageant received a torrent of antisemitic tweets and other online messages after telling a judge in the contest that her father is Israeli.

“I have an array of origins: my mother is Serbo-Croat, my father Israeli-Italian. This gave me a passion for geography and the discerning of other cultures,” April Benayoum told the contest’s audience Saturday night, according to the Jerusalem Post.

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The tweets, including one in which the author wrote “Hitler forgot about you,” provoked condemnations from some of France’s top politicians, including Marlene Schaippa, the minister delegate in charge of citizenship.

“MissFrance2021 is not a contest in antisemitism,” Schaippa wrote. “Full support to April Benayoun, who has been the target of unprecedented antisemitic hate speech after revealing her origins.”

LICRA, the International League against Racism and Antisemitism, announced Saturday that it is taking legal action against multiple individuals who sent the messages. Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said law enforcement is already “on the case,” which he called “shocking” and “will not go answered.”

Benayoum, 21, holds the title of Miss Provence, a region in southern France.

Amandine Petit, who won the overall title of Miss France, told La Depeche that the tweets on Benayoum were “very disappointing” and said she “fully supports” Benayoum.

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