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Posted - 02/20/2009 :  7:59:42 PM  Show Profile  Visit Admin's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Are there nudism places in France?

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* Many naturist resorts exist on the Atlantic coast, e.g. CHM-Montalivet, Euronat, La Jenny.
* Cap d'Agde, Quartier Naturiste (Nudist Quarter): sandy beach, several swimming pools, but also nude shopping, etc. [link], map
* Île du Levant - Héliopolis
* Pampelonne near Saint-Tropez
* There are beaches on many rivers, some well known, some informal: Céze, Ardeche, Truyère
* There are resorts in the Alpes, Pyrenees, Cevennes
* Orient Beach on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin (part of Guadeloupe)
* The more well known coastal nudist Beaches in France
* Topfreedom is tolerated (and common) on almost all beaches.


* - Search engine for naturism in France, page in English
* - Search engine for naturism in France and Europe, page in French, English, German

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Posted - 08/09/2009 :  1:56:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The most recent Time magazine shows that young French women are going topless and especially nude less and less. The easygoing, sunbathing women are covering up more and more. This prompts the questions: "is nudism increasing or at least maintaining it's popularity?" and "will nudism still be around in the next 30 years?"

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Posted - 08/10/2009 :  07:10:41 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Charged

The most recent Time magazine shows that young French women are going topless and especially nude less and less. The easygoing, sunbathing women are covering up more and more. This prompts the questions: "is nudism increasing or at least maintaining it's popularity?" and "will nudism still be around in the next 30 years?"

Hmmmm. The TIME article "shows" nothing. It's simply a rewrite of articles that appeared in the UK press and on the web, which were themselves rewrites of articles in the French press. TIME did no investigation of its own.

All the hoopla is based on just one survey. I haven't read every article on the topic, but I've yet to find one that says how many women were questioned in the survey, how they were selected, or what the actual questions were.

The TIME article does NOT say that young French women are going nude less and less. I don't know where you got that one.

I found the statistics in the TIME article quite interesting: 1) Over 50% of French women said they were NOT bothered by total nudity on beaches or naturist camps. 2) Sixty-three percent of French women said they were NOT disturbed by exposed breasts or buttocks. 3) Eighty percent of young French women ages 18-24 do NOT see nudity as tantamount to indecency.

What do you think those numbers would be in the United States?

I'm an American who lives in France during the five summer months each year. We're about a ten minute bike ride from a nine kilometer (5.5 mile) city-administered beach. Genital nudity is permitted on 83% of the beach. Female topfree is, of course, permitted on all of it.

In spite of TIME Magazine's misleading headline, female topfree on French beaches is NOT considered nudity.

There are far more people on the part of "my" beach where full genital nudity is permitted than on the much smaller section where genital nudity is prohibited.

It's true that one sees fewer topfree females on the textile (bottoms required) beaches than one did 20 or 30 years ago. It's also true that there are about three times as many nude (genital nudity permitted) beaches as there were 20 or 30 years ago. I'd respectfully suggest that you put those two facts together, and draw the logical conclusion.

In my opinion, what's happened is that many of the topfree females have moved from the textile beaches to the nude beaches. In the process, many of them have become bottom-free too.

All French nude beaches are family-friendly. Overt gawking is unknown. I see family groups in which some members are nude, some of the females are topfree, and some males and females are fully dressed as if on an American textile beach. I see a large number of unaccompanied women, young and older, who have come alone. (There are more unaccompanied women on the nude beaches than there are unaccompanied men.) I also see women in twos and threes, with no male present. Lots of women bring their kids during hours when the men in their lives are at work. And, of course, I see couples - with and without kids.

Based on my observations over the last few years, compared to say 30 years ago, topfree is alive and well on French beaches. Full nudity on French beaches appears to be gradually increasing.

Of course, I haven't been to every French textile beach or every French nude beach - only about two-thirds of those on the south coast and one-third of those on the west coast.

Compared to the anonymous author of the TIME article, what could I possibly know?

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Posted - 08/10/2009 :  2:38:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just for fun, I tracked down the survey on the French web. It was done in behalf of TENA, a company that sells products designed to help men and women with urinary incontinence. If there's a connection, I haven't figured it out.

My French isn't good enough to tell if the questions on the survey were designed to elicit the answers the pollsters or the sponsor wanted. They look OK, but I'll ask Native Guide to do a careful reading.

Ifop claims that 1000 women were interviewed between 24 April and 28 April 2009. That's not quite true. What Ifop calls an "interview" was actually an on-line questionaire. Ifop claims the respondents are representative of the French population as to age, profession, region, etc. I'm not sure, however, how they can know that since they never saw the people. Perhaps they got several thousand responses, then picked 1000 that matched French demographics. If so, there would be lots of opportunity for hanky-panky. Other approaches could be perfectly legitimate. In short, I can't tell if the survey results are valid because the the Ifop authors of the report are exceedingly vague about their selection methodology.

What's for sure, however, is that TIME's article and all the other articles cherry-picked the results to make a case that nudism is on the ropes. There's plenty of data in the report to conclude that nudism is alive and well.

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Posted - 08/18/2009 :  07:36:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Having recently returned from a holiday at Le Grau du Roi by the fantastic naturist beach of Espiguette it would seem that the younger generation in France are less inclined to go topless or nude. A lot of family groups consisted of a nude father, a topless mother and swimsuited children. There were exceptions of course and many of the younger children were nude. Some teenage girls were happy to sunbathe topless but replaced their tops to walk around or swim. Most couples from the age of mid-twenties upwards were nude. Twenty years ago most of the teenage girls would have been topless.

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Posted - 02/17/2010 :  01:12:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I live in Montrouge, which is a few miles outside of the city center of Paris. I have never been to a resort, not because I have anything against them, but because my French friends consider resorts to be for tourists, and won't go. (I'm relatively new to France, and would prefer to explore "their" country with the natives). However, I have been to the Seine.
The Seine...what a strange thing! For those of you who don't know, the Seine is a nearly-stagnant "river" that passes through Paris. If you are a tourist, do not bother with the Seine if you want to sunbathe. The Seine is very GROSS--its dirty and can sometimes smell like a sewer. The people who sunbathe along the Seine are Parisians who view it as a beach. Of course, I am California born and bred and would never dream of calling it a beach! Still, the Seine is really the sole natural source of water in the metropolitan Il-de-France region.
Although I might not sound too keen on the Seine, I do like it for a few reasons. One, it gets direct sunlight. Also, it has a large bank to lay on. Another plus are the people who go there: Europeans. Europeans, even the ones who aren't sunbathing in the (partially) nude don't even bother to look towards the banks of the Seine. That being said, the Seine can attract a not-so-desirable bunch of spectators, mainly travelers, who gather on the bridges.
If anyone has any questions about French nudist resorts, tell me and I will try to go check them out! Also, any q's about France, in general, and I'm your girl!

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Posted - 08/27/2017 :  2:32:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Has anyone here actually been to Cap d' Agde? As a single female I'm having a difficult time trying to figure out which of the 10,000 hotels would be the best place for me (have e-mailed a few with no response). Any information would be greatly appreciated!

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Posted - 08/27/2017 :  3:23:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by i222

Has anyone here actually been to Cap d' Agde? As a single female I'm having a difficult time trying to figure out which of the 10,000 hotels would be the best place for me (have e-mailed a few with no response). Any information would be greatly appreciated!

A few yeas ago my wive and I visited Cap d'Agde. The hotels in the Naturist Quarter were all booked so we got a room at a Best Western hotel outside the Naturist zone. There was a bicycle rental across the street from our hotel and a bicycle path to the Naturist Quarter. We peddled over there each day to spend the afternoon at the beach. We also enjoyed the rest of Cap d'Agde outside of the Naturist Quarter. There are miles of waterfront promenade that has hundreds of thousands of people late at night in August. We never did get over to the Carnival area across the bay which was too far to walk. There was a water-taxi boat but we didn't take the ride.

Overall we enjoyed the Naturist Quarter and the rest of Cap d'Agde.

Someone at the train station was good enough to tell us that we were supposed to find a car number on the platform before the train back to Paris arrived. Train arrives, jump on, train leaves. No wasted time. We enjoyed the whole trip.

Naked is green.

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Posted - 09/01/2017 :  8:13:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here's a hopeful sign!

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Posted - 09/01/2017 :  9:06:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Would love to see France go forward with this. Then there would be more mainstream areas in two countries (that I know of... are there more?) France and Germany. It would be nice to see this catch on, even though I know it would be awhile before it would happen in the USA...but who knows.

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Posted - 09/02/2017 :  12:35:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Have friends that write a naturist travel blog. We met them years and years ago at the Terra Cotta Inn while he was writing trip reports for his blog. I'd met him online and we've met up 4 times since that meeting. They live on the East Coast so they don't get out this way much and vacation in Europe more than out West. Nonetheless, we've remained friends. He and his family vacation in France quite a bit and he's told me that La Jenny is the place to take your wife and family.

Looking over the La Jenny website, and my wife now having a fondness for golf and nudism, La Jenny seems right up our alley and we are hoping to make it there within the next 3 years. Italy next year then France in 2020! Wish we could make it sooner but we've got lots of nudist trips planned with friends and hate to back out of those fun trips!

Loves being naked. Plays well with others!

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