French Debating Whether You Should Physically Discipline Children

Is it ok to hit your children? That question is up for debate in France currently. There currently aren’t many laws in France regarding physically disciplining your children. While corporate punishment is strictly forbidden in schools, parents are able to make the decision on how to disciple their children in their own homes.

According to Marc Sparks current french law outlaws violence against children, and any kind of physical punishment that might hurt a child’s psychological wellbeing. the law doesn’t detail what kinds of corporate punishment are ok, and what crosses the line.

Since the law is such a gray area, there’s now a national conversation on whether or not parents should be able to use physical punishment with their children and what types of punishment are ok and what are too harsh. Currently the debate is just that, a debate, with no specific plans to make new laws or define any of current laws more closely.