Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

ACROSS AFRICA

LIBERIA UNMIL MISSION: PEACEKEEPERS PREPARE TO HAND OVER TO GOVERNMENT

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Boris Backs Out After Brexit

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

DRC ELECTIONS: KABILA SAYS POLL WILL GO AHEAD

Read more

THE DEBATE

Chaos at Westminster: UK's post-brexit leadership battle (part 1)

Read more

THE DEBATE

Chaos at Westminster: UK's post-brexit leadership battle (part 2)

Read more

ENCORE!

Matthew McConaughey and ‘Free State of Jones' shine new light on American civil war

Read more

FOCUS

Zika virus spreading fast across Puerto Rico

Read more

FRENCH CONNECTIONS

Take a break: France’s love affair with vacations

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

THE INTERVIEW

Read more

France

French lawmakers flinch at proposed ‘anti-spanking’ law

© Photo: AFP

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-05-20

France’s parliament on Monday postponed a debate on banning the use of corporal punishments, including spanking, by parents to an unspecified date.

Members of France’s Green Party accepted to delay their proposed amendment after pressure from allies in the Socialist-majority National Assembly.

"Legal guardians cannot use corporal punishment or physical violence against children," the amendment submitted by 16 Green lawmakers read.

MP François-Michel Lambert, who penned the amendment, said it would only bring France in line with European legislation that has already been adopted by 18 other countries.

French lawmakers are currently cobbling together a new, so-called Family Law bill that proponents say will give equal custody rights to separated mothers and father, but the move has come up against stiff opposition.

Laurence Rossignol, the French government’s junior minister in charge of family affairs, said on Monday that the problems addressed in the “anti-spanking” amendment were “real,” but said she preferred to discuss them as part of more specific measures targeting child abuse.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

Date created : 2014-05-19

  • FRANCE

    French minister’s national anthem snub sparks resignation calls

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    French mayor wants to scrap ‘wasteful’ CCTV

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    France’s Green party refuses to take part in new Valls govt

    Read more

COMMENT(S)