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Miss France crowned Miss Universe in Philippines

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/30/2017 By TERESA CEROJANO, Associated Press
Miss Universe contestants pose on the red carpet on the eve of their coronation Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, at the Mall of Asia in suburban Pasay city south of Manila, Philippines. Eighty-six conestants are vying for the title to succeed Pia Wurtzbach from the Philippines. From left, Brenda Jimenez of Puerto Rico, Valeria Piazza of Peru, Christina Waage of Norway, Ida Ovmar of Sweden, Isabella Krzan of Poland.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) © The Associated Press Miss Universe contestants pose on the red carpet on the eve of their coronation Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, at the Mall of Asia in suburban Pasay city south of Manila, Philippines. Eighty-six conestants are vying for the title to succeed Pia Wurtzbach from the Philippines. From left, Brenda Jimenez of Puerto Rico, Valeria Piazza of Peru, Christina Waage of Norway, Ida Ovmar of Sweden, Isabella Krzan of Poland.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A 23-year-old dental student from France has won the Miss Universe crown in the annual pageant held this year in the Philippines.

Miss Universe contestants blow kisses to photographers as they pose on the red carpet on the eve of their coronation Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, at the Mall of Asia in suburban Pasay city south of Manila, Philippines. Eighty-six conestants are vying for the title to succeed Pia Wurtzbach from the Philippines. From left, Chalita Suansane of Thailand, Dijana Cvijetic of Switzerland, Teodora Dan of Romania, Jihan Dimack of Tanzania, Cheryl Chou of Singapore, Zuzana Kollarova of Slovak Republic, Tansu Cakir of Turkey, Jayathi de Silva of Sri Lanka.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) © The Associated Press Miss Universe contestants blow kisses to photographers as they pose on the red carpet on the eve of their coronation Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, at the Mall of Asia in suburban Pasay city south of Manila, Philippines. Eighty-six conestants are vying for the title to succeed Pia Wurtzbach from the Philippines. From left, Chalita Suansane of Thailand, Dijana Cvijetic of Switzerland, Teodora Dan of Romania, Jihan Dimack of Tanzania, Cheryl Chou of Singapore, Zuzana Kollarova of Slovak Republic, Tansu Cakir of Turkey, Jayathi de Silva of Sri Lanka.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Iris Mittenaere from the small town of Lille in northern France said Monday in reply to a final question from pageant host Steve Harvey that she would be honored if she just landed among the three finalists, but was visibly stunned when she was announced the winner among the field of 86 contestants.

Miss Haiti, Raquel Pelissier, a 25-year-old survivor of the devastating 2010 earthquake that destroyed her hometown, was named first runner up while Miss Colombia, 23-year-old, Andrea Tovar, was second runner up.

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