As one of the leading destination of naturists in the world, France is home to over 2,000,000 supporters of naturism. In fact, it is generally believed that there is every tendency to find a French among every five naked sunbathers seen anywhere in the world. In France alone, there are several official and unofficial naturist beaches, 50 holiday centres, and 150 members clubs offering holiday accommodation where naturist sunbathing and swimming is unreservedly permitted.
Rise in the number of naturists
No doubt, naturism is becoming more common in France. Between 2014 and 2015 alone, an increase of 40 percent was reported by the federation. More and more people, particularly young folks are now joining in to go nude in the country. According to the FNN (French Federation of Naturism), the phenomenon which has been widely popular since the 1920s only began to attract a younger audience just within the past three years. Now, many young families can be seen attending camps with their children.
Contrary to popular belief, this popularising trend is not even about the connection to sexual exhibitionism or any other form of sexuality. While some consider it to be synonymous with freedom, others simply regard it as a means of feeling good. Interestingly, the recent surge in interest has been connected to the recent influx of young French couples with children. According to statistics, there has been a remarkable rise in the number of naturists in France from 1.5 million to 2 million just within the last three years alone.
People who are attracted to naturist camping holidays are sure to find a greater measure of conviviality and family in France. From Paris to the Rivera, from Corsica to Limousin, and from the Atlantic coast to Languedoc-Roussillon, this country has some of the world’s most beautiful destinations for this kind of holidays.
The naturist movement was officially recognised in the year 1936 by government Minister Leo Lagrange. And since then, it has been enjoying lots of flourishing moments. Today, France holds the world’s first naturist holiday centre, CHM Montalivet located at Montalivet and the world’s largest naturist club, Club du Soleil founded by Albert and Christine Lecocq.
Now, there are lots of interesting naturist clubs and holiday centres in France which were specially established for those seeking to be close to nature and at the same time enjoy a healthy lifestyle. Some of which include, Euronat in Montalivet, which is famously known as the largest holiday centre in the world. Many of these unspoilt and respected natural environments present a conducive environment where naturists can feel good about themselves and even find a chance to get on better with others.
Naturism is well accepted in France to the extent that it can even be practised several textiles beaches.