Naturism, what does the regulation in France say?

The Regulation of Naturism in France

October 2020

Naturism has come a long way. Now naturists have authorized locations where they can enjoy the lifestyle with little or no limitations. However, it wasn't always like this. Nudity was considered an outrage in France. Although the concept goes back to the 1700s, it took a long time for society to embrace it. It wasn't until 1994 when there was some form of legislation on the matter. Although the general ban on nudity remained, the law provided some exceptions. Because of these provisions, it became possible to create the FEN network. Naturists who are planning to visit a naturist campsite in the country or new practitioners need to learn more about regulation.

The Legality of Nudity

In France, you can only be in the nude in an authorized naturist area. Nudity doesn't not equal indecency, as it used to be. However, exhibitionism violates the law. According to Article 222-32 of the 1994 penal code, deliberate sexual display in a publicly accessible area is punishable by a year in prison or a hundred thousand Francs. Naturism is about respect for nature and other people. Therefore, practitioners should find areas that cater to their needs without infringing on the freedoms of others.

However, knowing the difference between nudity and naturism is important because these two concepts are different. Nudity is the act of not wearing clothes. On the other hand, being a naturist is a lot more than that. It's a lifestyle that includes connecting with nature and living healthy. Because naturists exercise their freedom of opinion and expression, certain rights protect them. Nonetheless, the lifestyle can do against the freedoms of other people. It's why the use of an authorized naturist area is recommended.

Where to Go?

France has a wide range of naturist locations from campsites to resorts to beaches. Remember that you can opt to wear clothes in a naturist space, but the reverse is not true. Therefore, choose locations carefully. Naturists have various public nude beaches where they can bask in the glorious French coast. Private naturist centres are the other alternative. You will find that these spaces offer similar services as their clothed counterparts. For example, a naturist village can have a spa, fitness centre, swimming pool, restaurant and other facilities. Guests can also participate in various sports, some of which might require clothing. Wherever you choose to go, remember that respect for others is crucial.

Nudity doesn't hold the same connotations it used to, and that is an advantage for naturists. However, practitioners must still be careful not to break the law as they exercise the liberty to express themselves.

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