French Members of Parliament (MPs) have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a bill that would ban parents from smacking their children.

The bill on “corporal punishment or humiliation” seeks to ensure that parental authority is exercised without violence. It will now go the Senate.

Campaigners say about 85% of French parents resort to corporal punishment.

Previous attempts to outlaw smacking at home have failed, although the practice has long been banned in French schools.

According to BBC News, French lawmakers backed the bill in a 51-1 vote early today, following a late-night debate.

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