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France to ban ‘sexualised’ child beauty pageants?

France 24 [1]
September 18, 2013

The French Senate voted early Wednesday to ban beauty pageants for children under 16 – and to impose up to two years in prison and steep fines for adults who try to enter children into such a contest.

It looks like the French won’t be getting their version of “Little Miss Sunshine” [2] or “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” [3] anytime soon.

France’s Senate voted early Wednesday to ban beauty pageants for children under 16, and to punish any adult who tries to enter a child into such a contest with up to two years in prison and a steep 30,000-euro fine.

The amendment is part of a broader bill on women’s rights, which will now proceed to the National Assembly, French Parliament’s lower house, for debate and another vote.

Full story here. [1]