In case you didn’t know, France and other parts of Europe are pretty open with what you do and do not have to wear on their beaches. It is common to have people parading topless– and we’re not talking just the men.
So, it came as quite a shock that the Paris city hall issued a decree banning the baring of buttocks and breasts on the capital’s artificial beaches along the river Seine. This would make these beaches the only ones in the country with such a ban. The fine– if you get caught– is 38 euro (or $48).
Why the sudden desire for morality just in the city? This is the city that doesn’t bat an eye at nude billboards, and is the captial of a country known for lust (although they call it love).
How will they enforce it? Are they going to have male officers walking up to female topless beach-goers handing out citations? You can imagine the things these men will be called and the lawsuits that will be filed because a male officer ticketed a topless woman.
It is said of one college that charges fines for different wrong behaviors, that a dean was saying that it would be a $25 fine for the first time a man was caught in the woman’s dorm, $50 for the second, and $100 for a third. A man in the back raised his hand and asked, “How much for a year-long pass?”
The same thing here– are people really going to stop this activity just because they might be fined $50 if they are caught? This law seems to be all show and no teeth (or baby teeth at that).