Why are more and more people, especially the young, opting to get naked in France? Hattie Ditton finds out more.
The term “naturist” may conjure up the image of jolly elderly hikers walking bare-bottomed clutching hiking sticks – but it might be time to update the stereotype.
Indeed, over the past three years, the phenomenon has begun to attract a younger audience according to the the FNN (French Federation of Naturism), seeing many more young families showing up to camps with their children.
Nudism is become all the more common too, with the federation reporting an increase of 40 percent in memberships between 2014 and 2015 alone.
In fact, the group estimates that in the past three years alone, the number of naturists in France has leaped from 1.5 million to 2 million.
And perhaps contrary to popular belief, it’s not all about the connection to sexuality.
Jacques Freeman, the head of communication at APNEL (Association for the Promotion of Naturism in Liberty) believes that young people are gaining confidence in speaking out against authority on all levels and this is a reason for the increase in naturists.
“Nudity is synonymous with freedom,” he told The Local.
“We’re currently at a time where there are many questions being asked about the future, work and problems surrounding integration into society are being challenged by young people.”
Source: The Local
Original publication 13 June 2016
Posted on NatCorn 13th June 2019