One of the most heated controversies exercising the minds of French men and women at the moment, is whether nude (or even semi-nude) sunbathing should be allowed on the beaches of the Riviera.
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Background: One of the most heated controversies exercising the minds of French men and women at the moment, is whether nude (or even semi-nude) sunbathing should be allowed on the beaches of the Riviera.
A recent poll published by France-Soir, the mass-circulation daily paper, indicated that most men want naked women to be kept off the beaches. According to the poll, 56 per cent of French males are opposed to nude sunbathing. Only seven per cent were in favour of total nudity on all beaches.
However, over the population as a whole, the difference is not as great. Those is favour of nudity totalled 49 per cent, while those opposed were 51 per cent. According to France-Soir, those in favour were mainly Parisians, Socialists and wealthy men. Those against were mainly women, workers and small farmers.
For at least the past three years, the high nipple count on the Riviera has been disturbing the French Police. In theory over-exposure that causes offence to women, workers and small farmers -- but not to Parisians, Socialists or wealthy men -- could earn someone a fine of a hundred pounds (1,333 francs).
Periodically, the police decide to carry out raids on the beaches where they believe offenders are revealing their true colours. But usually these patrols tend to announce their arrival with a great deal of noise from sirens and the shouts of excited constables. It gives plenty of time for toasted nipples to be covered before they arrive.
SYNOPSIS: The beaches of the French Riviera look much the same as they have always done -- glorious sunshine, hot sands, and a warm sea. But nowadays the holidaymakers look somehow different. The fashion for nude bathing has caught on with parents -- and even would-be parents. Whether this should be allowed is the problem currently taxing the minds of many Frenchmen -- and women.
A recent opinion poll published by a French daily newspaper, showed that the country is more or less split on whether nude bathing should be allowed. Fifty-one per cent oppose it, and forty-nine per cent are in favour. A majority of French men think that topless women should be banned from the beaches. Only seven per cent are in favour of total nudity on all beaches.
According to the newspaper, those people in favour are mostly Parisians, socialists, and wealthy men, while those opposed are generally women, workers and small farmers. Nevertheless, over the last few years, the high nipple-count on the Riviera has been disturbing the French police. Over-exposure that causes offence to women, workers or small farmers, could earn these tanned beauties a hefty fine. But the periodic police raids usually find that sun baked bosoms have been covered by the time they arrive.