those whom do not speak french, can read a similar article in the Independent
In in a measure approved by the upper house of the French parliament today, organisers of beauty pageants for children younger than 16 could face up to two years in jail or a fine of €30,000. The penalties would also apply the parents of the children.
The ban still has to be approved by the National Assembly, the lower house, but has considerable cross-party support.
Chantal Jouanno, a former centre-right environment minister who proposed the ban, said: “Children are increasingly being presented with hyper-sexualised images of themselves or transformed into miniature adults whose appearance signals sexual availability.”
“We mustn’t tell our daughters, even when they are tiny, that all that matters is the way they look.”
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- France to ban child beauty pageants (bbc.co.uk)
As part of a project on gender equality legislation, the French Senate voted for a law prohibiting beauty pageants for the under 16. The prohibition affects events featuring exclusively girls and carries sanctions of up to two years in prison and 30 000 euros. The stated motivation is that young women should not grow up believing that they only derive their value from their appearance. Here, in French.