PARIS : The French senate has approved a proposal to ban beauty contests for girls under 16 to prevent what a parliamentary report called the “hyper-sexualisation” of children. The proposal was backed by 196 lawmakers on Tuesday evening and 146 opposed it. It will now become law after being passed in the National Assembly. The measure follows a parliamentary report “Against Hyper-Sexualisation: A New Fight For Equality” which called for a ban on child-size adult clothing, such as padded bras and high-heeled shoes and an end to beauty competitions for the under-16s.