Wednesday, March 4, 2015

France Violates European Pact by Spanking Kids; Council of Europe Slams France's Discipline Rule

A top rights body said today (March 4, 2015) that France was in violation of a European treaty because it did not fully ban the smacking of children, reigniting debate over the divisive issue, according to the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website.

The Council of Europe -- which is based in Strasbourg, France -- said France's laws on corporal punishment for children were not "sufficiently clear, binding and precise."

France bans violence against children but does allow parents the "right to discipline" them.

French law does forbid corporal punishment in schools or disciplinary establishments for children.

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