Covering your face contradicts the naturist lifestyle, according to some nudists in France.
Pierre, 34, has been a naturist for over a decade. He had planned to spend his summer vacation in Cap d’Agde, a seaside destination near the border between France and Spain. Dubbed “the world’s biggest naturist resort”, Cap d’Agde is a nudist town-within-a-town, offering supermarkets, boutiques, hair salons and even a post office with a recommended undress code.
The resort recently reopened its doors to tourists after the French lockdown, strongly encouraging visitors to wear a face mask with their birthday suit. But Pierre simply couldn’t wrap his head around covering his face while the rest of his body is naked – so he cancelled his trip. To be clear, while wearing a mask is merely a government recommendation in most public places in France, it’s obligatory in all shops, schools and on public transport as of publication. Transgressors risk a fine of 135 euros.