A 41-year old woman has been arrested after leaving her seven year old daughter in a car outside a nightclub while she spent the night inside.

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Disco dancing mum leaves daughter in car

A 41-year old woman has been arrested after leaving her seven year old daughter in a car outside a nightclub while she spent the night inside.

Police were alerted by staff at the city centre club in Clermont-Ferrand in the southern Auvergne region who spotted the girl sitting alone in the car.

When police arrived at 4am they found the girl still sitting in the car which had been parked in the nightclub’s car park. 

The girl was taken to the local police station and later to her father.

When police went into the nightclub they found the girl’s mother in high spirits on the dance floor.

“She was drunk and not happy that they had turned up. She took exception when she was read her rights and wouldn’t explain herself,” reported local newspaper La Montagne.

Family protection services have been notified of the incident.

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France to finally ban smacking children – but parents won’t be punished

France's parliament is expected to adopt a ban on parents smacking their children although those that do are unlikely to be punished.

France to finally ban smacking children - but parents won't be punished
Smacking will be outlawed. Photo monkeybusiness/Depositphotos

The practice of smacking children, referred to in France as la fessée is condemned by the UN but still enjoys widespread support in the country

The ban, to be put to a final vote in the Senate on Tuesday, would make France the 55th state to prohibit corporal punishment of children.

It will be written into the Civil Code and read out to couples when they exchange their marital vows. 

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The newly-weds will be told that “parental authority is exercised without physical or psychological violence”. 

The measure, which was adopted by MPs in November, is expected to easily pass the Senate despite some lawmakers on the right railing against what they see as “interference” in family life.

Violence towards children is already banned under France's penal code, but a 19th-century addendum to the Civil Code's definition of parental authority made allowances for parents when “disciplining” their children.

According to France's Childhood Foundation, 85 percent of French parents admit to smacking their children.

Attempts by previous governments to ban the practise have run afoul of conservatives, but resistance has softened in recent years.

The new law does not contain a specific punishment for parents who break the rules.

Its main goal is to encourage society to change its ways, Maud Petit, the MP who sponsored the measure, said.

The legislation will bring France in line with international treaties on the rights of children.

In 2015, the Council of Europe, which makes recommendations on rights, singled out France for failing to follow the example of other European countries by banning smacking.

A year later, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child urged France to “explicitly prohibit” all forms of corporal punishment of children. 

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