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Topic - Chantal Jouanno
France's Senate has voted to ban beauty pageants for children under 16 in an effort to protect girls from being sexualized too early.
French legislators approved a sweeping ban on parents from entering children under 16 into beauty competitions or face hefty penalties and jail time.
French Sports Minister Chantal Jouanno has reportedly said that the players responsible for a strike at the World Cup should never again play for the national team.
She said the proposed punishments might be lightened in later readings but was sure the ban would survive.
"We are talking about children who are only being judged on their appearance, and that is totally contrary to the development of a child," the amendment's author, Chantal Jouanno, told the AP.