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The city of Paris, France, has temporarily designated a soccer field-sized section of Bois de Vincennes park as an area for nudists and naturists. Nudity will be allowed in the park from now until Oct. 15 as part of an “open-minded vision for the use of Parisian public spaces,” according to Penelope Komites, a deputy mayor in charge of parks.
The nude area will be located near the park’s bird reserve and will be open everyday from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., though no “voyeurism” or “exhibitionism” will be tolerated.
Supporters of the nude zone say it makes sense considering that France already has a number of nude beaches. Paris itself allows nude swimming at the Roger Le Gall public pool every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Park officials hope the new nude zone will attract naturists who long to experience nudity in one of the world’s most famous cities.
David Belliard, co-chairman of the ecologist group in the city council, told the BBC:
We’ve got two million nudists in France which is doubled during the summer with visitors. For them, Paris is the world’s premier tourist destination and there’s no public place for them to go. We want to try out a recreational area where nudists can freely strip off.
The plan was unveiled last year by a Green Party city council member. However, one city council member called the plan “demented,” worried that public nudity would disrupt public order.
The Guardian says France already has 460 areas reserved for nude leisure, including 155 campsites and 73 beaches. The France 4 Naturism association estimates that more than 2.6 million French residents enjoy nudism as a regular practice.
In American state parks, nude hiking has become an increasingly popular pastime, though practitioners suggest checking with local laws and wearing modest coverings to avoid any issues.
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