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French parents can still spank kids at Home

05_Flatbed_WEB - DECEMBER

 

 

The French Parliament has delayed debates on an anti-spanking measure submitted by the Green Party, meaning France remains one of the countries in the EU where corporal punishment to kids is still acceptable at home and in alternative care settings.

 

The measure is part of the wider anti-corporal punishment and physical violence against children amendment the Green Party wants to introduce while the Parliament debates on the new Family Law bill. However, the amendment was delayed after pressure from the Socialist Party.

 

Socialist politician Laurence Rossignol, who is also junior minister in charge of family affairs, commented that the problems cited in the Green’s amendment were ‘real.’ But she said she would rather discuss them in measures that specifically target child abuse.

 

Spanking is a type of corporal punishment that is already prohibited fully in many EU states. Countries in Europe implementing full prohibition of corporal punishment to kids include:

 

  • Austria
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Latvia
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Spain
  • Sweden

 

Countries in the EU that ban corporal punishment to kids in some settings (allowable at home and in some alternative care settings) include:

 

  • Belgium
  • Britain
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • France
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Lithuania
  • Malta
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia

 

Spanking children is prohibited in some countries and settings because it is believed that it violates a child’s human right to be free from cruelty and degradation. Sweden was the first country in Europe to fully prohibit all forms of corporal punishment on children in 1979.

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