France to ban smacking for good despite claims of ‘interference’ in child education

The Telegraph is reporting that France’s parliament will adopt a smacking ban on Tuesday – a largely symbolic gesture in a country where there is still widespread support for corporal punishment against children.

According to France’s Childhood Foundation, 85 percent of French parents admit to smacking their children.

Speaking to MPs during the parliamentary debate, health minister Agnès Buzyn argued that “one doesn’t educate through fear” and that such “supposedly educational” violence in fact had “disastrous consequences on a child’s development”.

“No violence will ever be educational, no violence is ‘ordinary’,” added senator Adrien Taquet, junior solidarity minister.

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