Once the ‘City of Lights,’ Paris is now the ‘Naked City’

Paris has announced the temporary opening of an area in a public park that will be set aside for nudists and naturists. That's going to work.

The Temple of Love on Lac Daumesnil in the Bois de Vincennes By Georges Seguin (Okki) (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

CHARLOTTE, N.C., September 4, 2017 – Leave it to the French to come up with a “titillating” idea. City officials in Paris have announced the temporary opening of an area in the Bois de Vincennes public park that will be set aside for nudists and naturists.

Until the middle of October, a section of Bois de Vincennes will experiment as a clothing optional zone. Located near the bird reserve, the soccer field-sized area will be open every day from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. until October 15.

Signs will display warnings about its purpose for unsuspecting visitors.

Participants are expected to obey certain rules of decorum which include “good behavior” meaning that exhibitionism and voyeurism are prohibited.

There is one aspect of the trial run however, that may or may not become an issue. In recent years, Paris has been the site of several terrorist attacks which, for one reason or another, have been jihadist statements against Western freedoms and the tenants of Islam.

Could such an experiment eventually become another provocation for Islamic extremists to justify the killing and slaughter of non-believers?

The point may be entirely moot. Perhaps the question is nothing more than a hypothetical exercise, but in light of the present migration climate in Europe and the influx of refugees into major cities on the continent, it is, at the very least, something that should be considered.

Germany already has public parks where nudity is practiced during summer months and it, too, has had more than its share of chaos thanks to the refugee situation.

Sweden, well known for its liberalism, is another country that has recently felt the brunt of jihadist violence thanks to the Islamic invasion from the Middle East. It, too, has public spaces where sun worshippers go topless during the long days of eternal summer. All of which means that negative speculation about the Paris experiment could be nothing more than an over-reaction.

France has long had nude beaches on the Riviera so setting up a clothing optional zone in Paris is really a convenience more than a shockingly new hedonistic trend. All it means is that citizens will no longer have to travel long distances to coastal southern beaches to enjoy the full measure of the sun.

Local naturists are said to be thrilled with the idea of having the freedom to become a human “buffet.” Some have predicted that thousands of people will take the opportunity to participate and that attitudes toward nudity will likely change in the process.

In addition to the park, nudists will also be allowed to swim sans clothing in the Roger Le Gall public pool on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

With the new arrangement, Paris has been divided in yet another way, this time more provocative than most. On one hand, parts of the city are currently filled with burka shrouded veiled women who communicate only with their eyes while at the other end of the spectrum, human flesh is displayed in such a manner that the eyes are the last thing anyone notices.

In less dangerous times, the experiment would certainly be a topic of conversation and a point of curiosity. However, given Europe’s tenuous Muslim situation, the trial run could be met with an ambivalent response or possibly additional chaos.

One thing the nudists definitely have going for them is that a naked terrorist with a bomb strapped to his chest will leave no doubt about his intentions.

It’s a perfect example of the expression “you can run, but you can’t hide.”

About the Author: Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe.

Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)

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