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Date Posted:07/29/2006 12:08:20Copy HTML

PARIS, Jul. 29, 2006(AP)Worried about an excess of flesh visible on the banks of the River Seine, Paris City Hall has banned thong bikinis, topless sunbathing and nudity at the summer sand-in-the-city event known as Paris Beaches, Le Parisien newspaper reported Saturday. Violators will be fined $48, the report said. Thongs and "monokinis", or bottom-only bikinis, are common sights on France's Mediterrannean and Atlantic shores. Paris was pushed to forbid "indecent attire" because it could "provoke temptation and dangerous behavior along the bank of a river," Pascal Cherki, mayoral aide in charge of sports, was quoted as saying. City officials responsible for Paris Beaches could not be reached for comment Saturday. It was unclear why the ban was only imposed this year, the fifth year of the popular event. Mayor Bertand Delanoe inaugurated Paris Plages in 2002, filling sections of the left and right banks of the Seine with sand and installing spray misters, hammocks, parasols and other beach-style accoutrements. The monthlong event attracted 3.8 million people last year, and this year has pulled in many seeking relief from record heat.
JF75 #1

Re:Paris France, Paris bans thongs at the summer sand-in-the-city event known as Paris Beaches.

Date Posted:07/31/2006 01:55:43Copy HTML

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I'm fairly certain this ban lead to any fines. Having lived and worked in francophone countries for a couple of years, this really goes against the culture in a big way. Not a vote winner, I wouldn't think.

leo40 #2

Re:Paris France, Paris bans thongs at the summer sand-in-the-city event known as Paris Beaches.

Date Posted:08/02/2006 04:17:35Copy HTML

I believe what we are seeing here is the French government (Paris in particular) caving in to the influence of their own immigrant muslim population.  Let us hope there is proper outrage by the non-immigrant French.
skinzthong #3

Re:Paris France, Paris bans thongs at the summer sand-in-the-city event known as Paris Beaches.

Date Posted:08/03/2006 12:01:42Copy HTML


PARIS, July 31 - Paris is proud of its spirit of exhibitionism, so the front-page newspaper headline last weekend that the city's man-made beach was enforcing a ban on thongs and bare breasts came as a bit of a shock.
Not only that, the article in the tabloid Le Parisien reported, but the police might go so far as to hand out a $48 fine for anyone who refused to cover up.
"Heat wave or not, appropriate dress is required," the article proclaimed. Even if the thermometer hits 98 degrees in the shade, it added, "young women in search of cool relief are requested to stay decent and not expose their bodily forms to the eyes of passers-by."
This being France, there are rules for just about every sort of behavior. And this being France, even when there are rules, there may also be tolerance when they are broken, particularly when it comes to beach attire.
On paper, there has been all along a four-chapter code of conduct governing Paris-Plages, as the sand-in-the-city installation is known. Among the rules are bans on political, commercial, religious or union demonstrations; unauthorized freelance entertainment (fire-eaters and jugglers, for example); activities that are "dangerous or contrary to public order," like gambling; and "indecent dress (nudity, thongs, monokinis, etc.)."
A monokini is a one-piece swimsuit that covers only the bottom.
"We have a very soft system of security here," said Yvan Hinnemann, a manager of Paris-Plages. "It's a matter of prevention. This is a space of freedom, but if people want to see breasts, they should go to the Lido, or the Moulin Rouge."
The beach is patrolled by a combination of City Hall security police officers carrying tear gas, armed members of the National Police and a private security force of men in black polo shirts, shorts and boots who resemble nightclub bouncers.
The biggest security problem, said one private security agent, is "perverts and voyeurs," who are turned over to the National Police. In most cases, indecent exposure can be resolved with a warning, and no one has been fined for scanty attire.
When one woman refused to cover her breasts recently, the agent said, he showed her a copy of the code of conduct. She put on her bikini top.
The faux resort along the Seine has been one of City Hall's biggest success stories. Created in 2002 as an egalitarian reward to dwellers of the landlocked capital with no country escape, it attracted 3.8 million visitors last summer. It has spawned copies in other French cities like Toulouse and Lille and in other European capitals like Brussels and Rome.
This year, as in other years, the city trucked in 2,000 tons of sand and dozens of palm trees and transformed a two-mile stretch of the Seine into a beach. For the first time this year, the beach has expanded to the left bank of the river.
Visitors line up for free shiatsu massages, dance lessons, games of boules and volleyball, a trampoline and a climbing wall. There is free access to Ikea chaises longues, outdoor showers, hammocks and parasols.
As the theme of the beach this year is Tahiti, there are ersatz rain forests and Polynesian huts. Maori dancers, musicians and storytellers entertain the crowd. Corporate sponsors pick up 60 percent of the $2.7 million annual bill.
Among some sunbathers, the flouting of the dress code mingles with relief that it might not be enforced wholeheartedly.
"We have so many problems in our country that deciding whether you take off your top or wear a thong is so trivial," said Monique Ferrero, a 42-year-old government employee whose bikini bottom was rolled to show off her buttocks. "What's more important is that people who have to work all summer have a place to sunbathe and feel like they're on vacation. If it's forbidden to be bare, I don't care."
There seem to be as many men as women with bare buttocks. But the consensus seemed to be that only women were at risk.
"To stop women from wearing thongs, it's just so outrageous," said Rafael Santos, a tanned and well-oiled Brazilian property manager whose tiny Speedo revealed part of his buttocks.
But some sunbathers want limits. "We are still in the city, and we can be seen by people walking in the streets, especially tourists," said Monique Lefranc, a 60-year-old grandmother dressed in a blouse and slacks. "What kind of impression will they have of us? Last week, I saw people sunbathing naked in a lake at the Bois de Vincennes. I found it very shocking."
Certainly, City Hall has dealt with bigger Paris-Plages-related problems this summer.
A small number of homeless people have pitched tents on the banks of the Seine close to the beach. City Hall has resisted the temptation to evict the squatters, whose tents were provided by their protectors, the group Doctors of the World.
The elegant Simone de Beauvoir footbridge in eastern Paris was opened as an extension of Paris-Plages this month - with a tremor. It is staying open to pedestrians and cyclists, but it will need extra supports.
The Josephine Baker floating swimming pool moored on the left bank of the Seine had to be closed just three days after its inauguration this month. The air-conditioning in the gym failed; tiles in the pool began to come loose. It was hastily repaired and has since reopened.
All the fuss about nakedness seems surreal in a country where bare-breasted women are routinely featured on the covers of mainstream magazines and on enormous billboards at newspaper kiosks. A special report on "fesses" (buttocks) graced the cover of the French Elle magazine in June.
France is also celebrating with pride the invention of the bikini by a Frenchman 60 years ago this month.
It was the summer of 1946, when Louis R?rd, an automotive-engineer-turned-fashion-designer, introduced "le bikini" at a Paris swimming pool. He named it after an American atomic bomb test at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean a few days before.
Mr. R?rd could not find a model willing to wear the scandalous garment. He had to use a striptease dancer.
Splashy photo displays in magazines show the bikini icons of history: Brigitte Bardot in the film "The Girl in the Bikini"; Ursula Andress in a belted white model in the James Bond film "Dr. No"; Marilyn Monroe in a white-ruffled, polka-dotted version. A social history of the bikini has been published.
Still, the garment was banned on French beaches until well into the 1950's.

heeledmarc #4

Re:Paris France, Paris bans thongs at the summer sand-in-the-city event known as Paris Beaches.

Date Posted:08/03/2006 12:54:55Copy HTML

This is the most stupid thing I've ever seen in France... but unfortunately a glimpse of what France is becoming: a country of stupidity and negativism, and a country where middle-age minorities are ruling. Of course being naked with a hard on on a beach is outrageous, lying with spread legs is outrageous as well. Nudity or thonging are natural if you want to get suntanned with no or minimal lines. By banning thongs and topless, the city wants to ban exhibitionism. Well it as well should ban Pigalle, sex shops, hookers rue St Denis, covers of Elle, miniskirts for girls, muscle tees for muscled men, (and you all will be invited to Paris, Afghanistan, afterwards) and so on and so forth.. All this is hypocrisis, in the country that invented the bikini, the monokini, the miniskirt, etc.

It is the kind of situation where I do not feel proud to be French...

abczyxabczyx #5

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Date Posted:08/04/2006 01:04:49Copy HTML

Well those of you who are French, now you know how we feel here in the United States.  I hope that this matter will reverse and allow more freedom in both of our countries.  Keep fighting the issue and we thongers will prevail.
rogerp #6

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Date Posted:08/11/2006 05:58:17Copy HTML

With only a $48 fine and no jail - I'd do it! Especially given that the enforcement may not even happen. All the way - nude! What the heck
You only live once...

sailor250 #7

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Date Posted:07/30/2017 06:48:59Copy HTML

 Here's a new article about topless, thong and nude beach use in France.
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