France debates smacking ahead of Council of Europe judgment

March 4, 2015 11:02 AM

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France debates smacking ahead of Council of Europe judgment

France has been plunged into a heated debate on smacking as Europe’s human rights watchdog prepares to publish strong criticism of the country’s failure to explicitly ban the corporal punishment of children.

The Council of Europe judgment expected on Wednesday will find French law is not “sufficiently clear, binding and precise” on the issue of hitting children, according to leaks to Le Monde.

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