France gets rap on knuckles over smacking children

A child is spanked on March 1, 2015 in ParisA top rights body said Wednesday that France was in violation of a European treaty because it did not fully ban the smacking of children, reigniting debate over the divisive issue. The Strasbourg-based Council of Europe said France’s laws on corporal punishment for children were not “sufficiently clear, binding and precise”. France bans violence against children but does allow parents the “right to discipline” them. French law does forbid corporal punishment in schools or disciplinary establishments for children.

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