The French Senate (Upper House of the Parliament in France) on 18 September 2013 voted 197-146 overnight in order to approve the ban on beauty pageants for children below the age of 16 years. Also, the Legislation included imposing the fine as well as punishment in form of imprisonment. This amendment was taken up on the basis of a report entitled Against Hyper-Sexualisation: A New Fight For Equality.
The Senate suggested that anyone entering the child into the contest of this kind will have to face a fine of 30000 Euros as well as two years of imprisonment. The amendment is a part of the proposed broader bill on women’s rights. The Bill will now go to the National Assembly, French Parliament’s lower house, for another round of vote as well as debate.
The senators argued that the amendment in the Bill is aimed at protecting the children from being sexualised before their apt age, because of the use of provocative attire as well as loud make up. The report- Against Hyper-Sexualisation: A New Fight for Equality, on the whole, called for a complete end on the pageants of these kinds and also encouraged a ban on the adult-styled clothing for the children. The author of this report is former sports minister and current senator Chantal Jouanno.
In case the Bill becomes a law, the pageants such as Mini-Miss in Paris will be banned completely. Michel Le Parmentier, the creator of Mini-Miss, which is held annually, protested that certain regulations instead of the complete ban would be more appropriate. Mini-Miss pageant is organised in France since the year 1989.