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Don't say cheese: French court upholds ban on passport photo smiling

Court rules that even enigmatic ‘Mona Lisa’ smile, with lips together and corners of mouth turned up, is not permitted If you are having your passport photo taken in France, do not – under any circumstances – crack a smile. In a ruling that threatens to cement a national reputation for cheerlessness, a French court has decided to uphold a ban on smiling in pictures taken for passports or identity papers.
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