Riot police turned out to quell a brawl that broke out on a French nudist beach when fully clothed male teenagers were seen behaving in an unacceptable manner.
The youths allegedly turned up to stare at naked women sunbathing, while refusing to remove their own clothes – a severe breach of accepted social etiquette. It triggered a brawl on La Teste-de-Buch beach, in Arcachon, south-western France, local media reported.
Naked sunbathing has long been accepted at the beach, but the social compact was broken when a group of 10 youths entered the nude zone to wander among naked beach-goers.
Naked men argued with clothed men and a physical fight soon broke out, involving punches and sand thrown in people’s faces.
Violence erupted when the men began “staring” at naked women and acted provocatively, the Sud Ouest newspaper reported.
Etiquette on French nude beaches dictates that you remove your clothing or leave.
No details were given of the clothed youths involved, although police arrested two people, reported to be from Bordeaux, who tried to flee. The police later released them without charge.
Nudists in other parts of Europe have expressed concern that their right to go naked discreetly is under threat. In Germany, members of the Familiensport-und FKK-Bund Waldteichfreunde Moritzburg nudist group fear their lifestyle may be threatened if a proposed refugee shelter opens as planned, directly next door to their Moritzburg colony in the German state of Saxony.
Written by Peter Needham