Mon Dieu! Topless Sunbathing Is Passe in France

Country that made it fashionable goes 'prudish'
By Alp Arslan,  Newser User
Posted Aug 15, 2010 7:40 AM CDT Posted Aug 15, 2010 7:40 AM CDT
Promoted on Newser Aug 15, 2010 8:57 AM CDT
Mon Dieu! The French Say Topless Bathing is Passe

The Italians are debating topless sunbathing, so it might come as no surprise that the French seem to be turning conservative. A generation ago, it was oh-so-chic when French women pioneered the movement, but now 88% of the French describe themselves as pudique (prudish.) Says one 23-year-old, "Mostly 50-year-old women do it."

Modern health concerns aside, notes the Los Angeles Times in a look at the weighty issue, the change may be less about prudishness and more about fashion: "The French are aesthetically minded. Tan breasts used to be pretty, and now they are not, especially on an older body." (Read more topless beaches stories.)

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