The debate as to whether or not parents should be able to discipline their children through spanking has become a hot-button issue in the European Union, with the bloc’s human rights body calling out Paris in 2014 for not moving to prohibit the practice sooner
The French National Sssembly has voted in favour of a largely symbolic ban on parents smacking their children, according to France24.
The initiative on “corporal punishment or humiliation” reportedly aims to ensure that parental authority is exercised “without violence” including “physical, verbal or psychological” violence. Members of the French parliament cast their votes early on the morning of Friday November 30, ending up with a total vote of 51-1 in support. According to reports, the bill will now be passed to the Senate for further consideration, meaning that in time it may become enshrined into law.