Children as young as 12 can see Fifty Shades of Grey in the cinema in France after the country’s film board decided against giving it an adult certificate.
France’s classification president, Jean-Francois Mary, deemed that the movie, starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, “isn’t a film that ... can shock a lot of people”.
Mary considers the film, that contains scenes of nudity and sadomasochism between an entrepreneur and a virginal student, “a romance, you could even say schmaltzy”.
The film, based on the best-selling novel by EL James, has been rated R in the US for its “graphic nudity” and “unusual behaviour”.
Ireland and the UK have granted the film an '18 certificate' and screenings are banned Malaysia where authorities deemed it “too sadistic”.
Fifty Shades Of Grey will be released this Friday, February 13.