Contestants in the Miss France beauty pageant are schooled in the art of avoiding controversy, invariably telling interviewers that they want to spread peace and love — but the message appears to have been lost on the two “alpha females” in charge of the pageant, who have fallen out over a decision to allow mothers, married and transgender women to compete.
The feud between Alexia Laroche-Joubert, 52, the organising committee chairwoman, and Sylvie Tellier, 44, the honorary chairwoman, surfaced at a press conference before next month’s contest, which, as usual, will be shown live on prime time on TF1, the country’s most popular television channel.
“I’ve got a 9mm [pistol] under the table,” Tellier said when asked how she was getting on with Laroche-Joubert, a
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