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    Almost 70 percent of French citizens oppose the law bill prohibiting smacking of children, according to the poll.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Almost 70 percent of French citizens oppose the idea of adopting a law prohibiting corporal punishment of children, Le Figaro French newspaper reported, citing results of a new poll.

    Seventy-nine percent of the right-wing French National Front Party and 74 percent of the Union for a Popular Movement oppose the proposed law, according to the results of the poll conducted by the IFOP and published by Le Figaro on Friday.

    On March 4, the European Committee of Social Rights said that France violates the European Social Charter, as smacking of children is not “prohibited in a sufficiently clear, binding and precise manner under French law or case-law.”

    The committee added that France failed to comply with the Article 17 of the European Social Charmer, which protects children from abuse and exploitation.

    In France, parents currently have a “right to discipline” children, thus it is not uncommon that French children are slapped or spanked.

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