France plans to ban child beauty pageants

French move to stop the ‘hyper-sexualisation’ of children

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Parliament in France has moved to ban child beauty pageants to stop the ‘hyper-sexualisation’ of children.

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Once the law is passed, organisers of pageants for under-16s could face two years in jail and a fine of £25,0000.

The move was prompted by a row over a photoshoot featuring a 10-year-old girl in heavy makeup and high heels that appeared in Vogue magazine in December 2010.

Parliament heard a report called Against Hyper-Sexualisation: A New Fight For Equality written by former Sports Minister Chantal Jouanno.

She said: “Let us not make our girls believe from a very young age that their worth is only judged by their appearance.”

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