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Move over, Bess Myerson.

Last weekend, after the votes of more than 300,000 French television viewers were tallied, 19-year-old Alexandra Rosenfeld was crowned Miss France 2006. The new beauty queen, who represented France’s Languedoc region in the competition, edged out 44 other contestants and automatically will serve as France’s representative in the next Miss World competition. According to an interview with the Web site of the TF1 television network, which broadcast the contest, Rosenfeld is studying tourism and hopes one day to open her own travel agency. Asked what Web sites she frequents, the new queen said that she uses the Internet primarily for her studies. Rosenfeld enjoys sports and shopping, but she also has a serious streak. Asked what her “reference book” is, she named Primo Levi’s “Survival in Auschwitz.”

Not only does Rosenfeld have looks and brains, but she loves her family, too. Her interviewer asked whom she admired most in the world. “Ma grand-mère” (“My grandmother”), she replied.

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