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Post time 2014-7-12 10:58:03 |Display all floors
roninxian Post time: 2014-7-12 00:00
There are many beaches in the U.S. where women are allowed to go topless.  The closest to my home  ...

You are talking of a nude beach. I am talking of a regular beach where women are allowed to be topless.

We have nude beaches in France too but women are allowed to be topless on ALL beaches.
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Post time 2014-7-12 11:01:06 |Display all floors
A few years ago I was in Paris and I met a couple of US citizens.

Since we were on our way to the airport the conversation quickly steered toward airport security and terrorism and I surmised that if the US were spending the money they spend for airport security to build schools in poor countries it would be money better spent.

The US guy's reaction was : "I guess, as long as we decide what they learn".
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Post time 2014-7-12 16:51:04 |Display all floors
seneca Post time: 2014-7-12 12:37
I once went with my French partner and two of her friends to Nice on holiday. We went to a beach ...

As you wrote, it was in the 1980's. Now it's not a problem anywhere.

If we follow this logic we can say that in 1780 showing an ankle in France was considered pornographic...

I am saying that French people from 2014 are more open-minded than US people from 2014.
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Post time 2014-7-12 23:32:39 |Display all floors
MisterPanda Post time: 2014-7-12 10:58
You are talking of a nude beach. I am talking of a regular beach where women are allowed to be top ...

Which is pretty close to what I was trying to tell the young 'lady' here.  Different countries, different regions of the world, all have their own social customs, traditions, etc.  But ONLY if they agree with hers are they right.  I'm sure now she has put France on the list of places not to go, no matter if women do this freely, she'll find it degrading to women somehow.
So what is the best time to visit France's beaches?  Which are the most prominent, along the Mediterranean?

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Post time 2014-7-12 23:34:00 |Display all floors
MisterPanda Post time: 2014-7-12 11:01
A few years ago I was in Paris and I met a couple of US citizens.

Since we were on our way to the a ...

I certainly hope you did NOT have to sit next to the same guy on the plane.  I can imagine the 'views' he would have to relate to you.

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Post time 2014-7-13 01:34:28 |Display all floors
roninxian Post time: 2014-7-12 23:32
Which is pretty close to what I was trying to tell the young 'lady' here.  Different countries, di ...

I do not know the mediterranean part of France at all. I come from the Western part along the Atlantic ocean and we have some pretty tremendous beaches over there.

If you like surf you should try Hossegor.
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Post time 2014-7-14 01:36:15 |Display all floors
MisterPanda Post time: 2014-7-13 01:34
I do not know the mediterranean part of France at all. I come from the Western part along the Atla ...

Isn't the water a bit cold on the Atlantic shore? I've never been to France so I have no idea.

Surf?  Oh surely there are more easy ways for a clumsy oaf like me to kill himself.  However, I'm from Southern California and always wondered why I never tried that.

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