Monday, July 31, 2006

Breasts, once more into the beach..

I may have spoken to soon about how Europeans are so relaxed at the mere sight of a breast.

A THREAT to impose spot fines on women who sunbathe topless or in thongs on Paris Plage, a summer beach on the banks of the Seine, has left the city's mayor struggling to maintain his image as a modern civic chief.

In a country where going topless on real beaches is almost de rigueur, incredulity has greeted news that city hall officials and police have been moving among sunbathers, warning them of the ban on "indecent" dress.

What is embarrassing for Bertrand Delanoe, Paris's openly gay mayor, is that Paris Plage, now in its fifth year, is intended to reproduce the ambience of an Atlantic or Mediterranean beach.

"Sand, sunbeds, parasols," sighed the tabloid daily Le Parisien.

"But beware, it is a beach only in name and those who want sun-bronzed bottoms are unwelcome."

The major proudly describes Paris Plage as an attraction not only for tourists, but for Parisians too poor to join the summer exodus to the coast.

The riverside highway is closed to traffic, covered by 2,000 tons of sand. The beach is more than two miles long and is dotted with palm trees and cafes.


But the order forbidding the exposure of flesh declares: "Behaviour must conform to good morals, tranquillity, safety and public order."

The penalty for going nude, topless or in a thong is €38.

One assistant mayor, Pascal Cherki, was ridiculed by Le Parisien for suggesting that inappropriate clothing worn so close to a river "could provoke dangerous temptations and behaviour".

If he does introduce this stupid ban I hope he also does something about large men wearing very small speedos. What should that charge be?


Blogger John Mc said...

Fat men + speedo = penalty of death.

5:00 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Hold on John, I think I have a photo somewhere...

5:18 p.m.  
Blogger Sassy Sistah said...

Oh hell yeah. I like that. Penalty of death. But then, I'm in an exceptionally bad mood right now. I might change my mind later. People are (in general - not YOU, FMC) all fuckin' nuts.

12:16 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Mc: you really are just a stupid kid. Let people wear what they want. If you want to tan with your pants, then do it, I promise I won't say it's stupid.

5:52 a.m.  
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