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>> Napoleon allowed it in the 1800s, but smacking your child is no longer allowed in France.
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e country's parliament has voted in favor of banning physical punishment. That brings France into line with 22 of the 28 EU member states that have anti-violence rules against children.>> Okay, come.
00:00:21
>> Campaigners have pushed out anti-smacking adverts like this one, arguing that children don't learn anything from being physically disciplined.>>
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> Tonight we proclaim that violence is not education. It's not an educative element. French parents are now informed, because it's now inscribed in law.>> But although the French civil code will now say that parents shouldn't resort to physical, verbal or psychological violence there will be no actual punishments for breaking the law.
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The ban reverses laws introduced under Napolean, that's allowed parents to discipline their children using corporal punishment. It started in Sweden in 1966. Now some 54 countries have introduced similar laws on domestic corporal punishment, according to French data. French first lady, Brigitte Macron has supported the ban. But a few conservative and far-right MPs have pushed back, claiming it interferes with families private lives.
00:01:18
The government will propose measures to educate parents on discipline at home.