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French senate votes beauty contest for children under 16 a criminal offence

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French senate votes beauty contest for children under 16 a criminal offence

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Judging children under the age of 16 in what were known as Mini-Miss beauty contests is now a criminal offence.

The French senate has voted to outlaw the competitions. Organisers of such pageants may face up to two years in prison and a fine of up to 30,000 Euros if they fail to comply with the ban.

The law forms part of a new equality bill.