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France passed a law banning skinny fashion models Friday. France passed a law banning skinny fashion models Friday.
PARIS, France -  France's lower house of parliament passed a law Friday banning excessively thin fashion models and exposing those who hire them to fines and possibly jail time.

The bill caused a lot of controversy and debate in the lower house. Those against the measure said it would give foreign models an unfair advantage in the industry. 

The law will require models to undergo full medical assessment proving they're not malnourished before being hired, according the member of parliament who spearheaded the bill. 

It's part of a wider crackdown on anorexia backed by the president's government. Lawmakers also approved a separate measure that would make it illegal to condone anorexia, a move meant to target Internet sites that encourage dangerous weight loss.

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