Thursday, 19 September 2013

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity



18 September 2013 Last updated at 12:38

France moves to ban child beauty pageants

"Chantal Jouanno leaves the Elysee Palace, March 2010 Ms Jouanno, seen here in 2010, served as a minister for sport under President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Parliament in France has moved to ban child beauty pageants on the grounds that they promote the "hyper-sexualisation" of minors.

The Senate adopted the bill by 196 votes to 146 on Tuesday evening. It must now be passed by the National Assembly, before becoming law.

Organisers of such pageants may face a jail term of up to two years and a fine of 30,000 euros (£25,000; $40,000).

The measure was prompted by a row over a photo shoot in Vogue magazine.

The photos published in December 2010 showed a girl of 10 with two others, all three in heavy make-up and wearing tight dresses, high heels and expensive jewellery.

Vogue defended the pictures, saying they merely portrayed a common fantasy among young girls - to dress like their mother."

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'Hyper' or 'hypo-sexual' - sexy kids are sexy - dress 'em in a sack, it won't matter.


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