French authorities defends ‘freedom’ of topless sunbathing

Paris, August 26

On prime of the virus and the sinking financial system, France’s authorities has a brand new downside to fret about: defending ladies’s liberty of topless sunbathing.

After police requested bare-breasted bathers to cowl up on a Mediterranean seashore final week, uproar ensued – and bubbled up all the best way to the French inside minister in Paris.

“It was unfounded when two women were reproached for their clothing on the beach,” Gerald Darmanin tweeted Monday. 

“Freedom is a precious asset.” Topless bathing is authorized in France, although native authorities can impose clothes guidelines in particular areas. No such restrictions had been in place for the seashore in Sainte-Marie la Mer.

Local police launched a press release saying the officers had been simply attempting to calm the temper after a vacationing household on the seashore instructed police the topless bathers made them uncomfortable.

The nationwide gendarme service spokesman acknowledged a “blunder” by the police in query – however added, tongue-in-cheek, that “you’ll always see me in uniform.” –AP 


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