Vivre La France
The Germans may have put FKK nudism on the map, but the French taught the world how to combine a sensual lifestyle with the practice of "body freedom" in undeniable good taste and fashion. French nudism is an epicurean experience that involves not just simple nudity, but stylish nudity--how a French woman can add dazzle to her already fit physique (obesity does not yet reign in Europe like it does in the U.S.) with a chic ornament of jewelry or designer shades is a mystery that works. They're the only nudists who look dressed for the cocktail hour in the nude.
Name your desired experience and they have a place for it, from camping sites (Le Cote de l'Herme a favorite, located on seventeen woody acres at the top of a hill) to Cap d'Agde, the world premiere nudist village where nudity is mandatory regardless of age. From arrival to departure you shop, sun bath, dine (except for dinner where most wear light attire) in the nude. When is the last time you were in a grocery store completely naked? Probably in a dream.
The Mecca for the jet-set, wannabes and of course Bono is St. Tropez, a dazzling spectable on the Mediterranean rising from humble routes. Put on the front page by Brigitte Bardot, it's where topless sunbathing began, and where on select beaches total nudity reigns. The mix of Europeans generally, and Scandinavian teens particularly, is stunning. Think you suck-in your gut now on a beach? Wait until you wander the sands of St. Tropez.
Nudism overall is a wonderful way to spend some wholesome, sensuous time in the nude with mixed company, age- and gender-wise. In France it rises to a new level of sensuality that defies my vocabulary. Suffice to say, Vivre la France! and leave it there.
Paul V. for The Nude Review "French Nudism: Chic & Naked"