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VIDEO: French nudists revel in the glory of naked sculptures

An exhibition in the city of Lyon recently hosted an evening for French naturists to wander among 40 naked sculptures, to 'appreciate the human form'.

French naturists recently descended on an art gallery in Lyon to peruse naked statues. The country has a long tradition of naturism.
French naturists recently descended on an art gallery in Lyon to peruse naked statues. The country has a long tradition of naturism. (Source: AFP)

La fédération française de naturisme (FFN) is composed of 162 nudist clubs and associations across France and claims to represent some 2.5 million people. 

It recently organised a soirée naturiste at a gallery called La Sucrière in Lyon, for a ‘hyperrealism’ exhibition. 

Naked visitors toured the gallery to examine 40 naked sculptures that celebrate the human form and question our relationship to our bodies.

“This exhibition resonates well with nudity,” said one bearded male, wearing nothing but spectacles. 

One female visitor had only recently taken up naturism. 

“At the beginning, it wasn’t embarrassing, but I asked myself how I could do it. But now it is fine. It is freedom,” she said. 

France has a long tradition of naturism – which is basically the same as nudism but places a little more emphasis on living in harmony with nature and having respect for the environment.

“Naturism is not just about getting undressed. It is a true life philosophy enacted, among other things, by the practice of nudity,” said Viviane Tiar, President of the FFN. 

She recently published an open letter, to all the French presidential candidates, on the federation’s website. 

Tiar is calling for a number of measures including: the encouragement of naturism at sporting facilities with designated time slots; the designation of naturist spots in urban settings; better training of law enforcement officers who interact with naturists; and official recognition of her federation. 

“French naturists cannot be forgotten about in reforms to come,” she wrote. 

France attracts more naked holiday-makers than any other country in the world with more than 2 million visitors every year. The country has hundreds of spots, including camping sites and beaches, where full nudity is authorised. 

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VIDEO: French daredevil beats tightrope record with Mont Saint-Michel crossing

French daredevil tightrope walker Nathan Paulin on Tuesday claimed a new world record as he completed a 2,200-metre-long (nearly 1.4-mile) trip to Mont Saint-Michel along a wire suspended between a crane and the famous abbey on the tidal island, his team said.

VIDEO: French daredevil beats tightrope record with Mont Saint-Michel crossing

Paulin, 28, let himself down on the wire just metres before the finish “for safety reasons” his entourage said.

“He reached the stopping mark and so the (distance) record is beaten,” his spokeswoman, Laura Zhang, told reporters.

Paulin started his walk at an elevation of around 100 metres in late afternoon, secured to a safety line.

It took him two hours to inch his way, barefoot, along the two-centimetre-wide slackline.

Paulin claimed the previous record when he completed the then longest crossing of 1,662 metres in 2017 above the Cirque de Navacelles, a steep-sided canyon in southern France.

French tightrope walker Nathan Paulin arrives for his world record distance attempt on a slackline in the bay of Le Mont Saint-Michel, on May 24, 2022. (Photo by DAMIEN MEYER / AFP)

His team said he had surpassed that mark last year in Sweden, but that the walk to Mont Saint-Michel was the longest.

Mont Saint-Michel, a 1,300-year-old Benedictine abbey, is a UNESCO world heritage site and a major tourist attraction in northwest France.

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