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France fights pro-anorexia messages

The France National Assembly passed a bill that could bring criminal action against media promoting extreme thinness, the BBC reported.

The bill, which is now waiting on Upper House support, targets Web sites and publications that encourage girls and young women.

This would include fashion house, magazines and advertisers, the BBC said.

Those found to be encouraging severe thinness could face three years in prison and be fined up to 45,000 euros.

The French Health Minister Roselyne Bachelot said girls are being taught how to inflict harm upon themselves through certain media, like pro-anorexia Web sites.

‚ÄúThese messages are death messages. Our county must be able to prosecute those who are hiding behind those Web sites,‚Ä? she said.