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

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.

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.

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