Naturism in France

Every edition we assess an aspect of the French zeitgeist. This month: the naked ambitions of naturists, by Jane Hanks

France is the number one country for naturism with two million members and another two million coming from other countries every year to take off their clothes and enjoy a holiday in the nude.

Julien Claudé-Pénégry, Vice-President of the Fédération Française de Naturisme says these figures are continually rising, by between two and four percent per year: “It is popular in France because we have more places and associations where you can practice naturism than in any other country. In all there are 460, including clubs, beaches, gîtes, campsites ...

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