Nudist park in Paris granted planning permission
France is the world’s No 1 destination for naturists, deputy mayor says
Paris could set up a park for nudists as early as next summer. Photograph: Getty Images
Paris could set up a park for nudists as early as next summer, in a possible first for a capital city, in a country that is the world’s top destination for clothes-free leisure lovers.
Paris lawmakers voted late on Monday to approve a proposal by ecologists to set up the zone, possibly in one of two major wooded areas on the edge of the city.
Naturism “is developing and Paris so far has nowhere” to practise it, said David Belliard, co-chair of the ecologist group in the city council.
He noted that 2 million French people practise naturism, which is already possible in several European cities including Barcelona, Berlin and Munich.
Describing the “respectable demand” for somewhere to bare all in the French capital, he said the next step was to choose a location.
This could be in one of Paris’s two main woods – the Bois de Boulogne to the west, and Bois de Vincennes to the east – “near a lake, in a regulated setting so that there is no threat to public order,” he added