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Paris to create a dedicated space for nudists

© AFP archive | A nudist camp in Lyon, south-eastern France.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-09-26

Paris city councillors will debate Monday on creating spaces for nudists, an idea that Mayor Anne Hidalgo thinks is “très sympa [nice/fun]”.

The proposal, put forward by three Green councillors, will be debated Monday. Hidalgo’s deputy Bruno Julliard told RMC radio earlier in the day (see tweet below) that “we will accept the creation of a nudist camp in Paris”.

Paris has very little to offer those who like to relax and exercise in the great outdoors in nothing but their “birthday suits”, and nudism is considered indecent exposure, punishable by up to a year in jail and a maximum fine of 15,000 euros. Paris has also banned the “monokini”, a revealing one-piece swimsuit, and the g-string, in public spaces.

There is just one swimming pool, the Roger Le Gall in the city’s 12th arrondissement, which allows nude swimming (three times a week after 9pm).

Green councillor David Belliard, who sponsored the proposal, told journalists: “France is the world’s top destination for naturists, and every year two million Germans, Dutch, Britons and Belgians come to the country for its nudist beaches. It shouldn’t be impossible to accommodate them in Paris too.”

“We have to find an outdoor space where nudism is allowed, in the city’s parks, forests or on the banks of the Seine,” he added.

Date created : 2016-09-26

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