The president of Miss France defends the contest, sued by Dare feminism

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The feminist association “Dare feminism” accuses the company Miss France and the producer Endemol of discrimination and non-respect of labor rights. Alexia Laroche-Joubert, president of the new company Miss France, believes that the competition is not “governed by labor law”.

“It’s a competition, it’s not governed by labor law.” Following the legal action announced this Monday, October 18 by Dare feminism, the president of the new company Miss France reacted on Tuesday at the microphone of BFMTV.

“There are rules of the game, it’s not like Koh-Lanta (another program produced by the president with candidates who receive a salary, Editor’s note) which lasts 40 days. It has nothing to do with it. There is a statute for that, there are rules of the game “replied Alexia Laroche-Joubert while the feminist association accuses Miss France of discrimination and non-respect for labor rights.

“Using women to make an audiovisual program”

This Monday, a procedure was brought by Dare feminism and three women refused to the competition, before the industrial tribunal of Bobigny. This procedure targets Miss France and Endemol Production. The French subsidiary is accused of “using women to produce an extremely lucrative audiovisual program while flouting labor rights”.

With these accusations, the applicants hope that the industrial tribunals recognize that the services of young women require an employment contract and do not come under voluntary work. “There is a work service, there is a link of subordination, there is even a remuneration, which is currently given as gifts, since they are offered handbags, wedding dresses” detailed at the microphone of BFMTV Master Violaine de Filippis-Abate, lawyer Dare feminism.

However, the Labor Code prohibits, in a recruitment, any criterion related to “morals, age, family status or physical appearance”, she also underlined.