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Cannes finally bans nudists from beach

AUTHORITIES in Cannes have banned naturists from a public beach after the southern French town's yacht club complained the naked bathers had begun to get out of hand.

Naturists have been tolerated for years on Palm Beach, which lies directly in front of the exclusive club.

But the yacht club said they had recently begun exposing themselves more visibly to club members, particularly in front of the restaurant's windows.

"We organize sailing for children, we have a restaurant, but when the naturists get up from bathing they walk around naked," a club spokeswoman said. "Until now they were tolerated, they were quite discreet, but the problem that triggered the decision was that recently their behavior became more questionable."

The town hall issued the order on Monday banning naturism on Palm Beach.

First-time offenders will now face a fine of 11 euros (US$15), with more serious cases possibly earning a prison sentence and a fine of 15,000 euros.


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