Peak beard still far away as France holds first national championships

Men sporting hipster moustaches and Verdi beards gathered in Paris on Saturday, (June 17), for the first French Beard Championship, a national competition where 30 finalists in five categories faced off for the title of best beard.

The finalists had previously been put forward by a grand jury and paraded on a catwalk. Their beards were then judged by a jury made up of five people.

Richard Palatchi, who has grown his beard out for three and a half years, was taken aback when he won the audacious beard category, beating three other men in a free-style facial hair category. He said the only preparation he made was to get a quick trim at a barber shop on Saturday morning.

200 spectators were present at the championship, a surprisingly large turnout according to the organisers who hope to expand the competition next year.