Monday, July 31, 2006

Paris Gets Religion

After the traumatic riots of October and November 2005 by young Muslim youth from its seedy slums, Paris authorities have become attuned to a more restrictive clothing ban on its artificial shores. The Le Parisien reported last Saturday that Paris City Hall passed a law banning indecent clothing to preserve public order on its man-made beaches created each ete since 2001. According to its wording, "People must behave according to good standards to maintain tranquility, security and public order: notably indecent attire (nude sunbathing, g-strings, toplessness, etc.) is forbidden." Anyone showing too much skin can be fined 38 euros. Pascal Cherki, a city hall sports official, said that such indecent clothing "could have led to temptations and dangerous behavior on the banks of the river." The secular may still bask in Ole Sol as they see fit on France's natural beaches for now. Will the French change their cuisine as well?

Cf. http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0%2C22049%2C19955577-5001028%2C00.html.

6 comments:

piperfromtn said...

sacrebleu! If fined, where will they put the ticket?

jakeho said...

Sacrebleu? J, please be a little more overt for me, Bro. As to where to place the ticket, maybe, it could placed at a turnstile for a free Metro ticket to the Palais-Royal/Musee du Louvre when the tanning is done for the day.

piperfromtn said...

sans le pocket, one would have to use one's teeth to hold anything...

jakeho said...

Thanks, J! How odd to hear the echoes of ersatz European ethos from the Parisian pashas.

jharkansas said...

First they came for our cigarettes, now this.  What is this world coming to?

jakeho said...

Maybe, those first growths that have the Western world atwitter.