To spank or not to spank? France, Europe spar over parental discipline.

The Council of Europe cited France this week for not barring corporal punishment of children, but the French feel it is an intrusion into the private family sphere.

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A little boy at a Parisian park stood defiant when his father told him on a recent Sunday that it was time to go home. When the stern “arrête!” made the tantrum worse, the father gave him a quick smack on his bottom, called in French la fessée.