Bil Browning

France Bans Kiddie Beauty Queen Pageants

Filed By Bil Browning | September 18, 2013 8:15 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: beauty pageant, beauty queen, child exploitation, France

1346981762627_5276998.pngI wonder when the United States will jump on board this train. France has banned child beauty contests - a form of child exploitation and sexualization.

Judging children under the age of 16 on their physical appearance in so-called "beauty contests" is now a criminal offence in France, the French Senate ruled on Tuesday night.

The new law forms part of the new "equality bill" presented to the French Senate on Monday by France's Minister for Women's Rights, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, which also included legislation to tackle unequal pay, domestic violence and to encourage fathers to take parental leave.
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Tough sanctions will now be handed out to anyone flouting the law.

Under the new law, organizers of pageants under the age of 16 may now face up to two years in prison if they fail to comply with the ban and a fine of up to €30,000 ($40,000).

"Let's not let our daughters think from such a young age that they will be judged according to their appearance. Let's not let commercial interest impact on social interest," [Centrist Senator Chantal] Jouanno told the Senate.
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The ban on beauty contests has already been passed by the National Assemly [sic] and simply needs signing in to law by the French President François Hollande.

I'm hard pressed to see an industry I'd like to see destroyed more than these child beauty queen pageants. Beauty is only skin deep, but confidence and intelligence will get a woman far in life.


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