Nude models, photographers and erotic film-makers had been joining the six million skeletons hidden around the city's famous underground chambers, much to the chagrin of those in charge of the catacombs.
“We receive at least one request [for permission to film or take photos] every week,” a spokesman for the Musée Carnavalet, which manages the catacombs, told French daily Le Parisien.
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Denied permission, the underground adventurers take matters into their own hands by disguising themselves as ordinary members of the public to get past the guards.
“These sly people pass themselves off as tourists, hiding all their equipment, like cameras, in bags. Then as soon as they get downstairs, the girls strip off, the crew films without any fuss, and they leave, unseen and unnoticed,” a regular visitor to the catacombs told Le Parisien.