Paris sunbathers face jail for topless act

August 2nd, 2012 - 6:55 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Aug 2 (IANS) Police in the French capital have warned people they could be jailed for sunbathing topless and if suspected of soliciting sex in parks and on riverbanks, a media report said here.

A notice posted on the Paris police website said there must be “no breasts or private parts” on show while sunbathing, the Daily Mail reported.

The daily said thousands of people are expected to flock to the Seine riverbanks in August, where the city has created a sandy beach with deckchairs.

“Any outfit that allows for the genital area or breasts to be seen constitutes sexual exhibition and is punishable by a year in prison,” police said.

“When the thermometer rises a few degrees, you may put on your best bathing suit and find a little corner of grass or the welcoming banks of the Seine to put down your towel. But please note that bathing suits should not be worn in official city parks and that dress should be decent and in accordance with good morals and public order,” police said.

Those wearing inappropriate dress can be fined at least 38 euros and up to 3,750 euros and get two years in jail “if suspected of soliciting sex”, police said.

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