French Senate votes to ban child beauty pageants
France's Isabelle Lamant, right, performs with a child dressed as an angel during the Miss Tourism International Pageant World Final during New Year Evecelebrations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday Jan. 1, 2006. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, September 18, 2013 6:29AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, September 18, 2013 7:41AM EDT
PARIS -- France's Senate has voted to ban beauty pageants for children under 16, in an effort to defend children's -- especially girls' -- rights.
Anyone who enters a child into such a contest would face up to two years in prison and 30,000 euros in fines, according to the measure. The legislation must go to the lower house of parliament for further debate and another vote.
The Senate approved the measure 197-146 overnight, as part of a law on women's rights.
The amendment says it's aimed at protecting children from danger and being prematurely forced into roles of seduction that harm their development.
Such beauty pageants, involving girls of all ages heavily made up and dressed up, regularly elicit public debate in France and elsewhere.