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Women's Liberty: France defends 'freedom' to sunbath topless

Aug 26, 2020 20:29 IST

As the world grapples with an ongoing pandemic, the French government is faced with another heated issue, concerning women's liberty of sunbathing topless. After police asked bare-breasted bathers to cover up on a Mediterranean beach last week, an uproar ensued. The issue reached all the way to the French interior minister in Paris who tweeted, 'it was unfounded when two women were reproached for their clothing on the beach.' Topless bathing is legal in France, but authorities can impose clothing rules in specific areas. However, no such restrictions were in place for the beach in Sainte-Marie la Mer and the local police had to end up issuing an apology.