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Paris city chiefs ready to let nudists hang out in park

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Paris city chiefs ready to let nudists hang out in park
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10:31 CEST+02:00
Paris officials say they're keen to push through a proposal for a designated space in the capital for nudists.
Deputy mayor Bruno Julliard said on Monday that City Hall would take on a proposal for a nude spot in Paris, a suggestion that came via the Green Party of Paris last week
 
"I'm all for it, and I think the mayor of Paris is too. So we're going to do it," he told the BFM TV channel.
 
"We don't want to shock anyone, so we have to find the right place, probably in a park or a garden," he said. 
 
"The greens have proposed for it to be in the heart of Paris, even on the quayside, but we won't be starting there," Julliard said. 
 
"We don't want to upset anyone, we'll be doing this with respect to everyone's sensibilities."
 
He noted that while it would mark the first nude zone in Paris, other Europe capitals like Berlin already offer similar opportunities for naturists. 

Exactly where the nudists zone will be remains a mystery, at present. 
 
Naturists in Paris have their own ideas, however. 
 
Jacques Frimont, vice president of the Association for the Promotion of Naturism in Liberty (APNEL), has suggested somewhere near the Daumesnil lake in Bois de Vincennes to the east of the city, the same lake that the government plans to turn into a public swimming zone by 2019. 
 
Lac Daumesnil‎ in the Bois de Vincennes. Could this be the new nude zone? Photo: Christian Bortes/WikiCommons 
 
Paris is gradually becoming more and more open-minded toward the nudity in public. 
 
Plans for a pop-up naked restaurant in the city have been set in motion after the concept's success in London and this month's Fête de l'Humanité included a designated nudist stand.  
 
Getting caught in the nude in France currently comes with risks of a fine of €15,000 and up to one year in prison. 
 
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