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 must men wear speedo stlye swimwear in french swimming pools 
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Joined: 12 Aug 2009, 13:14
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Going camping in france in a few weeks and was just wondering if anyone had any better idea or experience with swimwear rules in french swimming pools. I.E must men wear speedo stlye swimwear?

12 Aug 2009, 13:20

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The few swimming pools that I visit do not permit men or boys to wear surfing short style simwear. They have to be trunks not necessarily speedos , which IMO no man over the age of 30 should be caught wearing! :lol:

12 Aug 2009, 13:26

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Agreed, but in some tourist areas shorts etc are permitted. Rare though.

12 Aug 2009, 13:29

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They permit the swimming shorts as worn by Daniel Craig! :lol: :lol:

12 Aug 2009, 13:40

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campsite we went to, the owner marched round the pool the whole time it was open and dragged anyone out not wearing appropriate swimwear.

12 Aug 2009, 14:15

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First time we went to a French pool, husband and 5 and 6 year old weren't allowed in in baggies. Had to hire some truly revealing spray-on jobs from the reception. Poor old thing still hasn't got over it :D Can understand (almost) hairy old blokes but 5 year olds????

Now we have bought the right kind from the supermarket - max budget 5 euros each.


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There was an article in the paper the other day that at some attraction in the UK like Drayton Manor Park, men are banned from wearing Speedo's and may only go in wearing shorts. It causes embarrassment apparently. No-one should ever be able to see the outline in clothing of a mans anatomy. The world has gone barking mad. All men have a penis.... Next we will be back to binding womens breasts. :roll:


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I think speedos are pretty gross. I don't want to know a blokes religion.

12 Aug 2009, 15:46

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Why do they insist? Must be a hygiene thing - don't think the French are as squeamish about bits as the Brits - remember the beach at St Jean de Luz with a completely naked blob (apart from a red beanie hat) wandering around - very disconcerting...!

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I've been told it's because boardshorts get worn at the beach and generally outdoors so they would carry dirt to the pool. Most normal people would never wear speedos outside of a pool, so they are generally cleaner.

12 Aug 2009, 16:02

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Possibly, but we couldn't be much further from the beach if we tried here so the idea of cross-contamination is tenuous.

Perhaps it's someone having a laugh at the middle-aged swimmer's expense?

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All public pools that I have visited require swimming trunks and bermuda/baggie/surfing shorts are strictly verboten.

The reason I was given was one of hygiene - that surfing/baggies might be worn at the park, played football in, have food spilled on them etc. and could bring dirt into the pool, whereas trunks are rarely worn anywhere other than the beach or the pool.

12 Aug 2009, 16:14

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Men can certainly wear speedo type gear if they are doubles of Brad Pitt or David Beckham (who has been recently photographed in some) on any beach that I am on!! 8) :wink: :lol:

Gone off into dream world ZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzz... :oops:

Back to reality.. Nah, most guys look terrible in them!!

Don't they do different sizes? Only the bigger the guy the smaller the speedo's seem to get! :? :lol:

12 Aug 2009, 16:24

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Could be worse, we went to a pool in Italy and the some of the men (OLD GEEZERS at that) were wearing thongs....... :shock:

12 Aug 2009, 16:49

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12 Aug 2009, 16:54
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