France’s Senate has backed a proposal to ban on beauty pageants for girls under 16 years old. Organisers of the contests would face up to two years in prison and fines of up to 30,000 euros in a bid to stop the “hypersexualisation” of young girls.
“Don’t let’s allow our girls to believe that they all that their only value is their looks from a very young age,” said Chantal Jouanno, the former sports minister in Nicolas Sartkozy’s government who moved the amendement to a government-sponsored anti-sexism bill. “Don’t let’s allow commercial interests to have the upper hand over social interests.”
Earlier this year Jouanno, who is a member of a small, centre-right party, slammed the “hypersexualisation” of children by the beauty contests and she went on to draft an amendment designed to stamp them out.