'Get nude or get lost': Nudists fight youths on French beach

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'Get nude or get lost': Nudists fight youths on French beach

Postby Maverick » Wed Aug 31, 2016 7:04 pm

Original article: http://www.thelocal.fr/20160830/frenchmen-spark-brawl-after-staring-on-nude-beach

Police were forced to intervene after youths wearing clothes visited a nudist beach in western France and prompted a brawl, according to reports.

It was just a normal day on Friday at La Teste-de-Buch, in Arcachon, until a group of around ten youths wearing clothes headed across the nude zone and walked among the naked beach goers.

But instead of taking off their swimwear and getting a full body tan like the others, the group "acted provocatively" around some of the naked women at the beach, reported France Bleu radio.

The Sud Ouest newspaper added the men had "staring" at the women, a clear breach of France's nude beach etiquette.

Their behaviour prompted other beach goers to confront the men, telling them to either "get nude or get lost".

The argument escalated into a fight of clothed versus unclothed, with punches thrown, sand flung in people's eyes, and insults hurled left and right, according to reports.

With plenty of witnesses on hand, it wasn't long before someone alerted the authorities and a unit of the riot control CRS police raced onto the beach in a four-wheeler to calm the scene.

Two of the alleged aggressors, both from nearby Bordeaux, were caught by police after attempting to flee the scene, only to be let free later in the day.

A police investigation continues.

The recent boom in younger naturists visiting French nude beaches comes, unfortunately, with many stories about other undesirable visitors.

Earlier this month, for example, a 40-year-old British man was charged with "capturing and possessing images of child pornography" after taking a large number of photos of young women and girls at a nudist beach in southern France.
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Postby OzTech » Sun May 12, 2019 9:59 am

I'm a little surprised that it came to a brawl. From what I understand the way nudist deal with textiles on gazetted (well some of them anyway) French beaches is to apply sun to the textile's... via a mirror... faces. Makes it a bit hard to ogle if they are have to cover their eyes against reflections hitting them from a dozen different directions. Or maybe that is old information and it don't happen now.
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Postby Englishman » Sun May 12, 2019 1:45 pm

I hadn't heard of the mirror thing; what a great idea. Not too sure about lugging a mirror in my backpack would go...

With regard to how quickly the French can become involved in fisticuffs; have the 'gillet jeune' protests been given much coverage on your side of the world? One upsets a group of French folk at your peril; as it appears these interlopers discovered.
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Postby Maverick » Sun May 12, 2019 8:13 pm

Englishman wrote:I hadn't heard of the mirror thing; what a great idea. Not too sure about lugging a mirror in my backpack would go...

With regard to how quickly the French can become involved in fisticuffs; have the 'gillet jeune' protests been given much coverage on your side of the world? One upsets a group of French folk at your peril; as it appears these interlopers discovered.


You might only need the mirror in a makeup compact to flash (not that kind of flash ;) ) the "curious" youths. And as for the "gilet jeune"/"yellow vest" protests, I've only seen coverage in "alternative" media (i.e., the mainstream media is not covering it at all). Then again, I just skim the news; if it's not on Drudge or a few other outlets, I don't see it.
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Postby jjsledge » Mon May 13, 2019 10:04 am

If you're thinking that a glass mirror might break in your back pack or fanny pack, remember there are stainless, aluminum, and plastic mirrors. I still have scraps of plastic mirror left over from out fitting corporate aircraft. The mirror came in 4' x 8' sheets. You can probably buy the "signalling mirror" on Amazon or many of the hiking or prepper sites.
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Postby OzTech » Tue May 14, 2019 10:10 am

Yeah, Englishman... we get all the news of what's happening overseas here... because we're so far away from it they tend to make sure we know all about it... perhaps more than what people in the Northern Hemisphere might hear. Personally, though, I tend to not pay it much attention. It's all the same news with only the names and places changed.

I suppose the French... or some of them anyway... have a rep for being a bit high strung but, as I understand it, they tend to like Ozzies (at least in some parts there) and we tend to be a bit laid back anyway so we probably wouldn't see much angst from them... as long as we try to fit in, talk French (or at least have a go) and generally treat them with the same respect we treat any other people. I've not been there yet but would like to get over that way, visit England, Scotland, Ireland etc and some of the other European countries. We've only done a short trip to Austria and Slovakia so far.

Since we do not have nude only beaches down under... only dress optional... I've not have any justification for using a mirror to discourage undesirables but I have actually got one in my beach (or bush walking) kit. After being in the water my hair gets real messed up and dries weird unless I brush it straight again so I have a clam type fold up brush that has the brush in one half and a mirror in the other. The clam part protects the mirror. If I ever get in the situation where I'm off in some remote area and unable to get back it'd be handy for signalling any rescue aircraft.
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Postby New_Adventurer » Sat May 18, 2019 10:18 pm

I remember seeing reports on the CBS Evening News, which is about as mainstream as the New York Times.
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