"France's Senate has voted to ban beauty pageants for children under 16, in an effort to protect children — especially girls — from being sexualized too early."
The measure, part of an amendment to a law on women's rights, faces further legislative action. Lawmaker Chantal Jouanno, author of the amendment, is confidently pushing forward.
"At this age, you need to concentrate on acquiring knowledge," she said. "Yet with mini-Miss competitions and other demonstrations, we are fixing the projectors on their physical appearance. I have a hard time seeing how these competitions are in the greater interest of the child."