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Please advise what the French law is with regard to breastfeeding

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Please advise what the French law is with regard to breastfeeding in public
A British mother is currently in Disneyland, Paris
While sitting in city Hall (customer services ) a manager approached her and told her to stop breast feeding or leave.
This has caused a lot of outrage in support of the mother. It is hoped that it has been the action of one un educated person. We would like to have a quote stating the legal point of view so the mother can address this situation with a higher level manager with the full facts so no one else has to go through this.
Thank you
Mrs Johns
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: French Law
Expert:  Thegonnec replied 1 year ago.
Regarding this matter, according to French law you have to differentiate what one can do on a public domain (street, public parks). And what one can do in a private setting (like Disneyland).In the public domain, outside, breast-feeding cannot be forbidden, except if the mother's breast can be viewed by the public. It which case it could be sanctioned... (Let's say that it never is but it could be, even if it would be likely to trigger a heated debate).Private domain operators (Amusement parks, parks, shopping centers,...) and closed public establishments (administrations) usually ban breast-feeding in public within their premises. And can legally do so. Like they would be entitled to ban some type of attire, or ban eating or drinking, or taking pictures...

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