France bans child beauty pageants

The Mini-Miss pageant in France is for young beauty queens.  Credit: Mini-Miss
The Mini-Miss pageant in France is for young beauty queens.
Credit: Mini-Miss

You won’t find toddlers in tiaras in France: French lawmakers banned child beauty pageants this week in order to prevent the “hyper-sexualization” of children, reported The Local.

Children under 16 will no longer be permitted to participate in beauty contests, and the French Senate ruled it a criminal offense to judge children on their looks in such pageants.

The law comes as part of an effort to equalize conditions between men and women in France, according to the Local.

Sen. Chantal Jouanno proposed the ban and got the support of 196 senators; 146 voted against the ban. Those who fail to comply with the law will be penalized with a fine of up to $40,000.

The founder of the Mini-Miss pageant, Michel Le Parmentier, decried the ban, saying it was too harsh and that lawmakers should have moved to regulate pageants instead.

Mini-Miss categories include “Mini-Miss Seduction.”


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