France’s Naked City At War Over Public Sex

Sign on the beach at Cap d'Agde. Photo: Appraiser (CC)

Sign on the beach at Cap d'Agde. Photo: Appraiser (CC)

So public nudity at the beach is OK for French traditionalists, but sex isn’t? John Lichfield reports for The Independent:

To make a French nudist blush might appear to be a mission impossible. Not at Cap d’Agde, on the Languedoc coast, home to “naked city”, Europe’s largest nudist holiday colony.

A long-simmering war between two tribes of the unclothed – “traditional” nudists and so-called “libertines” or exponents of free sex – exploded into a public protest at the town’s council meeting this week.

Old-fashioned naturists have been complaining for years that Cap d’Agde’s once-sedate nudist quarter has been disfigured by an influx of partner-swapping clubs and raunchy hotels. A flurry of arson attacks on sex clubs two years ago was blamed on low-level terrorism by nudist fundamentalists.

At this week’s Cap d’Agde council meeting, the protests took a more peaceful form. Old-fashioned nudists complained that they, and their children, were being confronted with “voyeurist” and “exhibitionist” behaviour, including sexual acts in public. Worse, they suggested, the “deviant” newcomers sometimes walked about in their clothes and mocked the “real” nudists.

Florence Denestebe, an independent local councillor, said: “When the sun shines, there is an area of Cap d’Agde which turns into the European capital of free sex.”

She asked the town’s mayor, and MP, Gilles d’Ettore, to intervene before Cap d’Agde’s “oversexed” image caused an “explosion of libertine behaviour in non-nudist areas” of the town.

About 30 traditional nudists (fully dressed) applauded her words from the public gallery. One said: “We bought a flat here 34 years ago because we wanted to live naked, to live with the sun. We wanted a natural life. Now, we are surrounded by wild animals.”

Another protester said: “There are often more people walking around dressed than undressed… If you are just an ordinary nudist, they stare at you as if you were something bizarre.”

[continues in The Independent]

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10 Comments on "France’s Naked City At War Over Public Sex"

  1. Anonymous | Sep 25, 2010 at 1:03 am |

    “arson attacks…. blamed on low-level terrorism by nudist fundamentalists”

    Beware. Next they’ll be wanting to build a nudist community centre at ground zero

  2. “arson attacks…. blamed on low-level terrorism by nudist fundamentalists”

    Beware. Next they’ll be wanting to build a nudist community centre at ground zero

  3. And so the Nudity Wars began…until the casualties numbered in the millions, including our collective dignity among the dead.

  4. And so the Nudity Wars began…until the casualties numbered in the millions, including our collective dignity among the dead.

  5. E.B. Wolf | Sep 25, 2010 at 4:06 pm |

    Nudist fundamentalist?
    If that’s not a perfect name for a punk band, I don’t know what is.

  6. E.B. Wolf | Sep 25, 2010 at 12:06 pm |

    Nudist fundamentalist?
    If that’s not a perfect name for a punk band, I don’t know what is.

  7. Anonymous | Sep 26, 2010 at 6:29 pm |

    “Can’t we all just get along?”

    “Can’t we all just do it naked?”

  8. GoodDoktorBad | Sep 26, 2010 at 2:29 pm |

    “Can’t we all just get along?”

    “Can’t we all just do it naked?”

  9. David Conrad | Nov 30, 2010 at 4:03 am |

    “Why don’t we do it in the road? No one will be watching us except the nudist fundamentalists. Why don’t we do it in the road?”

    They wanted to be “tout nu”, but now their town is “foutu”. Personally, I think they’re tout fou. (Especially if while nude, they make fondue.)

  10. David Conrad | Nov 30, 2010 at 12:03 am |

    “Why don’t we do it in the road? No one will be watching us except the nudist fundamentalists. Why don’t we do it in the road?”

    They wanted to be “tout nu”, but now their town is “foutu”. Personally, I think they’re tout fou. (Especially if while nude, they make fondue.)

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