Topless bathers defended by French minister from prudish tourists

Police have caused outrage, and forced France’s Interior Minister to defend topless sunbathers after a group of women were told to cover up while baking on a beach in the south of France.

Two gendarmes approached the group of three women as they sat topless in Sainte-Marie-la-Mer, asking them to put their tops on after a tourist reportedly complained.

A tradition at beaches in France for the last four decades, locals were furious the women were told to get dressed. Topless sunbaking first gained popularity in France during the 1960s with women demanding the same right to tan their upper bodies as men.

France’s Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin has stepped in and defended the “precious” right of women to sunbathe topless on beaches, saying “it was wrong that the women were warned about their clothing”.

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