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Naturism in France


France is historically one of the countries where naturism has thrived. Along with Germany naturism in French naturism can be considered the source for modern day naturism. Many of the modern naturist advocates like Planchon and DesCamp were French. Several of the early books defining the naturist movement and practice were written by French naturists.

Cap d’Adge the Naturist village developed by the French government was ground breaking, though it has drifted considerably from its naturist roots in recent years.


Naturist resorts or centers can be found around France. Many are located along coastal areas close to beaches. It is legal to practice naturism in France under the French penal code.

Article 222-32 of the new penal code (applicable since 1 March 1994) stipulates: “Deliberate sexual display in the sight of others in a place accessible to the public gaze is punishable by one year in prison and a fine of one hundred thousand francs “.

By government circular, the legislator stipulates: “The charge has been worded in such a way as to rule out any possibility of proceedings against persons practising naturism in places specially designated for this purpose”. 1)FAQ for naturists in France

French naturism is on the rise in recent years. The French Federation of Naturism reports the number of naturists in France has leaped from 1.5 million to 2 million in recent years. 2)Naturism booms in France as young eager to ditch clothes Much of the increase comes from participation of young people in naturism.


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