PARIS — France's Senate has voted to ban beauty pageants for children under 16, in an effort to protect girls from being sexualized too early.
Anyone who enters a child into such a contest would face up to two years in prison and about $40,000 in fines. A pageant organizer lamented that the move was so severe.
The Senate approved the measure 197-146 overnight, as an amendment to a law on women's rights. The legislation must go to the lower house of parliament for further debate and another vote.