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Sexualized French girls ‘turning into Lolitas’

French schoolgirls as young as eight wear padded bras, high heels or take make-up bags to school, it has been claimed. Now an parliamentary report has proposed putting a stop to the sexualization of young girls.

Sexualized French girls 'turning into Lolitas'

The report released on Monday suggests introducing measures to protect children, such as banning sexualised shots of little girls.

“Our children have not yet been hit by a massive wave of precocious sexualisation,” writes former sports minister and senator Chantal Jouanno in the report, but “parents are right to be worried,” because “precocious sexualisation of children is dangerous,” and can lead to prepubertal anorexia.

The report accuses the media and the fashion industry of making violence and pornography more commonplace and slams the toy industry and reality TV for promoting sterotypes.

Experts say the identity and equilibrium of French children are threatened. “In 80 percent of cases of precocious sexualisation, the effects are irreversable,” says the report.

Jouanno, a member of Nicolas Sarkozy’s Gaullist UMP party, suggests creating a children’s charter to promote the interests of children in education, media and the toy industry.

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France slams Belarus’ ‘arbitrary’ crackdown on foreign media

France on Sunday condemned an "arbitrary" crackdown against the media in Belarus after the accreditation of several journalists working for foreign media was withdrawn in the wake of disputed presidential elections.

France slams Belarus' 'arbitrary' crackdown on foreign media
Belarus opposition supporters protesting against disputed presidential elections results in Minsk on August 27. Photo: Sergei Gapon/AFP
“The arbitrary measures taken by the Belarusian authorities against journalists violate press freedom,” Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a statement.
   
“I call on the Belarusian authorities to reverse these measures without delay,” he added, saying that the crisis in Belarus requires “the establishment of an inclusive national dialogue”.
   
“Repressive measures against journalists cannot help,” he said.
   
Belarusian authorities on Saturday withdrew the accreditation of journalists working for several foreign media, including AFP, ahead of a major demonstration Sunday challenging the results of the presidential election.
   
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who has been in power since 1994, has faced unprecedented protests since the disputed August 9 election in which he claimed a landslide victory with 80 percent of the vote in a poll
that the opposition says was rigged.
   
 
Belarus government spokesman Anatoly Glaz said the decision to revoke the media accreditations was taken on the recommendation of the country's counter-terrorism unit.
   
He did not specify how many journalists were affected by the measure, but foreign media including the BBC, Reuters and Radio Liberty reported the withdrawal of accreditation of several of their journalists.
   
Belarusian journalists working for Agence France-Presse also had their accreditation revoked.
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