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Soft on smacking? France slammed for not banning corporal punishment (part 2)

Are we too soft on smacking? The Strasbourg-based Council of Europe has taken France to task for not banning corporal punishment, when 22 of the Council's 47 member states have done so. Reflecting French public opinion, France's Socialist family minister is against tougher laws - but attitudes are changing. Should a European human rights body have a say on the way we raise our kids - is corporal punishment a public policy matter? How should we bring up and educate our children in today's world?

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Produced by Christopher Davis, Cécile Khindria and Emerald Maxwell.

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