Tahiti pageant held in breach of French law

4:31 pm on 17 December 2019

A French Polynesian township has broken the law by holding beauty pageants with children.

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Photo: RNZI

Radio 1 reports that the town of Papara organised the Hine e Toa event featuring boys and girls between the ages of eight and eleven.

The report said the town administration was unaware that under a French law to protect children, such events are not permitted for those children 13 years old and younger.

Breaches are fined with just under $US2,000.

The report makes no mention if the event organisers will be prosecuted.

Beauty pageants are popular in French Polynesia.