France bans child beauty pageants to protect 'innocence' of young girls

New York, Sept. 19 (ANI): In an attempt to protect young girls from being sexualized, France's Senate has passed a law which forbids anyone under the age of 16 to enter into a beauty pageant.

According to the ban, anyone who goes against the law will have to spend two years in prison and pay up to 30,000 euros in fines, the New York Daily News reported.

Conservative lawmaker Chantal Jouanno, who wrote the amendment, asserted that the foundations of equal rights are threatened by the hyper-sexualization that touches children between 6 and 12 years old, when the child should be concentrating on acquiring knowledge.

Yet with mini-Miss competitions and other demonstrations, we are fixing the projectors on their physical appearance, she said.

She noted that the amendment is primarily focused on protecting girls. (ANI)


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