top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon
arrow down

Streakers are no joke in Corps-Nuds

Towns with amusing names reveal some of the sobering problems they face over a glass of wine in Vinsobres

ALTHOUGH it raises a smile for people to have their photograph taken in the nude beside the sign for the Brittany village of Corps-Nuds, it is getting beyond the joke for the local community.

British streakers are causing problems in the Ille-et-Vilaine commune as they pose beside the sign as they head on holiday – and others are causing problems in the 40 or so French towns with funny names who are facing problems of vandalism.

An association representing the towns – which includes others such as Poil (naked), Monteton (my boob), Arnac-la-Poste (postal fraud) and Lorgies (orgies) – met at Vinsobres (sober wine) in Drôme for their annual meeting.

Vinsobres, a town of just 1,500, was taken over by 15,000 visitors from the Association des Communes de France aux Noms Burlesques et Chantants and they shared some of the problems they face.

Max Roussel, former mayor of Latronche (slang for face) in Corrèze, said it was a “chase to make a name for themselves, even if the town’s name caused fun, and it could draw tourists and sell regional products”.

At Poil in Nièvre the best-selling postcard says Tous à Poil (everybody naked!) and some people have fun with marriage notices saying M. et Mme X se sont mariés à Poil (Mr and Mrs X were married naked).

However, the mairie said it was always getting the town signs stolen and generally lost two a year, at a cost of €300 each. One year it even lost nine signs in one month.

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Healthcare in France*
Featured Help Guide
- Understand the French healthcare system, how you access it and how you are reimbursed - Useful if you are new to the French healthcare system or want a more in-depth understanding - Reader question and answer section Aimed at non-French nationals living here, the guide gives an overview of what you are (and are not) covered for. There is also information for second-home owners and regular visitors.
Get news, views and information from France
You have 2 free subscriber articles left
Subscribe now to read unlimited articles and exclusive content
Already a subscriber? Log in now