The Council of Europe is very unhappy that the French government won’t ban spanking. The BBC reports on a new non-binding ruling by the Council’s European Committee of Social Rights finding that France’s corporal punishment laws were “not sufficiently clear, binding and specific.” The French government was unimpressed:
The French government denied the allegations put forward by Approach, saying existing laws already offered sufficient protection for children.Reacting to the media reports ahead of the ruling, France’s Family Minister Laurence Rossignol said she did not believe it was necessary to legislate on the issue of smacking. […]Polls have shown widespread support in both Britain and France for the right to smack children.
Next up for the EU: a law to require snacks, TV access, and the right to a hearing before a qualified judge for children forced into “time out”? Joking aside, parents should be allowed to discipline their children within reasonable legal limits, and the attempt to micromanage that is in the same category as the attempt to control where and how far parents let their children walk on their own. Spanking is not (necessarily) abuse and leaving your kids unsupervised is not (necessarily) neglect. Of course a country must have laws that protect kids, but these regulations are both intrusive and excessive.