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    Child Beauty Pageants Banned in France

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    As part of a bill aimed to boost gender equality in France, the country’s popular child beauty pageants may be banned.

    As part of a bill aimed to boost gender equality in France, the country’s popular child beauty pageants may be banned.

    If the legislation is signed into law by French President François Hollande, girls under 16 will no longer be allowed to compete in the contests.

    The French Senate has already approved the measure with 196 votes.

    Penalties proposed for pageant coordinators failing to follow the law, should it be instated, will be stiff.

    Prison time of up to two years and 40 thousand dollar fines await those who dare ignore the mandate.

    As far as coordinators go, the individual likely most affected is the one who runs the Mini-Miss competitions, a well-known annual event.

    His protests against the bill have included alternative suggestions such as establishing stricter regulations.

    He has mentioned possibly moving the pageants to Belgium.

    What got the anti-child-pageant ball rolling quickly downhill is said to be a 2010 spread in Vogue.

    The pictorial featured young girls with big hair and heavy make-up dressed in fancy jewelry, heels, and dresses.

    Vogue maintains that the pictures simply portrayed every girl’s fantasy to dress like her mother.