French government defends ‘freedom’ of topless sunbathing


PTI, Aug 26, 2020, 2:44 PM IST

Paris: On top of the virus and the sinking economy, France’s government has a new problem to worry about: defending women’s liberty of topless sunbathing.

After police asked bare-breasted bathers to cover up on a Mediterranean beach last week, an uproar ensued – and bubbled up all the way to the French interior minister in Paris.

“It was unfounded when two women were reproached for their clothing on the beach,” Gerald Darmanin tweeted Monday. “Freedom is a precious asset. Topless bathing is legal in France, though local authorities can impose clothing rules in specific areas. No such restrictions were in place for the beach in Sainte-Marie la Mer.”

Local police released a statement saying the officers were just trying to calm the mood after a vacationing family on the beach told police the topless bathers made them uncomfortable.

The national gendarme service spokesman acknowledged a “blunder” by the police in question – but added, tongue-in-cheek, that “you’ll always see me in uniform.”

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

Minor among three PLFI Naxals arrested in Jharkhand

British police arrest 2 in investigation into Texas standoff

No person can be forced to get vaccinated against their wishes: Centre to SC

Legendary Kathak dancer Birju Maharaj dead

Karnataka’s role to be bigger in driving our nation to $5-trillion economy, says CM Bommai

N. Korea fires 2 suspected missiles in 4th launch this year

CM Bommai gifts Kamalavva a house on ‘Makara Sankranti’


Related Articles More

No vaccine? No cafe, according to new French virus law

British police arrest 2 in investigation into Texas standoff

N. Korea fires 2 suspected missiles in 4th launch this year

Pak court denies bail to 3 Ahmadi community members arrested under blasphemy charges

Microsoft discloses malware attack on Ukraine govt networks

MUST WATCH

Saligrama Gurunarasimha and Anjaneeya temple Charot

Nannamma Super Star fame Samanvi ashes immersed in Cauvery river

NEWS BULLETIN 16-01-2022

ZOO CELEBRATES GORILLA BIRTHDAY

DIFFERENT TYPES OF MUHURTHAS FOR PARYAYA EXPLAINED


Latest Additions

Standing in line for rich people earns this man Rs 16,000 per day

Minor among three PLFI Naxals arrested in Jharkhand

Does a new study really show that hydroxychloroquine might be effective against omicron?

Yes, your dog can understand what you’re saying — to a point

COVID: why T cell vaccines could be the key to long-term immunity

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.