Wednesday, 13 September 2017 | MYT 6:00 AM
Nudists get their place in the sun at Paris park
At a secluded zone in the Bois de Vincennes park, east of Paris, naturists will be allowed to be in the buff. Photo: AFP
Parisian nudists will finally have a spot to take it all off – for the next few weeks at least – at a secluded zone in the Bois de Vincennes park east of the city.
“The creation of an area in the Bois de Vincennes where naturism will be authorised is part of our open-minded vision for the use of Parisian public spaces,” said Penelope Komites, a deputy mayor in charge of the city’s parks.
The site, still considered an experiment, will be open until Oct 15, from 8am-7.30pm.
Signs will let park users know what’s going on (or coming off) in the clearing near the park’s bird reserve, spread over 7,300 sq m.
Officials vow that no voyeurism or exhibitionism will be tolerated, in order to assure the respect for those making the most of their natural state.
“It’s a true joy, it’s one more freedom for naturists,” said Julien Claude-Penegry of the Paris Naturists Association, estimating that thousands of people in the region will want to take advantage of the site.
“It shows the city’s broad-mindedness and will help change people’s attitudes towards nudity, towards our values and our respect for nature,” he said, adding that he has been a practising nudist for 20 years.
Parisians already have one public pool where they can swim in the buff three times a week, and across the country some 460 areas are reserved for the enjoyment of nudists, including 155 camping sites and 73 beaches.
More than 2.6 million people in France have made nudism a regular habit, according to the France 4 Naturism association. – AFP Relaxnews