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Speedos in France??

Spending a month in France this summer with my husband and two boys. I've read that board shorts aren't allowed and that speedos are required for men. Is this still the case? Is this also true for my two boys? We will be spending time at the beach, at public pools, and at resort pools (camping sites). I've heard from others who've travelled there that it isn't an issue, but then I read online about it being a requirement. Anyone have recent experience with this?

Posted by
2055 posts

Speedos are required for males in any pool. Not an issue at the beach but public pools are very strict about this.

Posted by
2251 posts

"Budgie smugglers"

Very nice. Can I use that?

Posted by
3160 posts

It’s true with public pools. They sell teeny tiny little speedos in vending machines (and swim caps for women) at public pools in Paris.

Posted by
2923 posts

I have only seen the Speedo requrement at public pools not at any/every pool. I have gone with my husband and son, who refuse to wear to Speedos, to many pools and beaches and beaches in France where board shorts were not a problem. They were not the only males not wearing Speedos and no one cared. In sum, no worries at the beach, yes wear Speedos at public pools, and it depends on the rules of the place for resort pools.

Posted by
3493 posts

It appears that in Europe at pools it is still speedos or nothing.

Posted by
510 posts

You may also see this enforced at water parks and the campgrounds, as noted above. Buy in advance, as it will be cheaper and you'll be able to purchase square cut suits with more coverage and less "snuggling" .

Posted by
8832 posts

For the not so well informed ( me, and possibly others) what is the rationale for requiring speedos.?

Posted by
384 posts

The rule isn't actually "must be speedos" (and certainly isn't "must be the banana hammock")

The rule is that you can't wear anything that has pockets, or can be worn on the street. This is to stop people carrying dirt/dust/tissues/anything else into the water. This includes boardshorts.

You can wear any kind of specialist swimwear - this is me at our local pool https://i2-prod.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article3908562.ece/ALTERNATES/s810/Hollywood-Hunk--Daniel-Craig.jpg. You can even wear knee length swimming suits traithlete style (I swim with the the man who designs Huub swimwear, and he tests his stuff at the local pool)

Word of warning - if you wear triathlete style trunks you should be able to walk the walk. The French take their swimming seriously

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2251 posts

"This is to stop people carrying dirt/dust/tissues/anything else into the water"

This is the rationale and IMHO, it makes sense. As for not following "stupid" rules, when in Rome do as...the Americans??
I will eat raw beef in France, not in the United States though.

Posted by
8394 posts

“this is me at our local pool”

Simon, crazy handsome and brilliantly funny you are!

Posted by
1856 posts

hey simon
"this is me at the local pool"

"SIZZLING" HOT TO TROT & HANDSOME!

Ha Ha love it
aloha

Posted by
384 posts

I'm twice the man he is. Literally :)

But I do wear trunks style swimmers (in whatever strech fabric is en mode) - much less revealling than speedos

Posted by
6721 posts

Of course the actual risk to sanitation of a pool has nothing to do with 'dust' from the street but everything to do with how clean the body inside the suit is; dangerous pool contamination is Ecoli and his friends. No one is making sure that people take a soapy shower before entry. Men can usually wear any close fitting swim trunk not just speedos. There are boxer type trunks that are not baggy that usually work fine.

And huffing and puffing about 'not following stupid rules' while disparaging everyone else's country won't get you in the pool in board shorts. They really don't care how superior you and your culture are.

Posted by
5149 posts

Many years ago, when I was in college, to use the swimming pool we had to wear tank suits and a swimming cap. No exceptions. The staff said it limited the junk that went through the filter system, including hair, lint, spangles or whatever from unnauthorized bathing suits or the cutoffs people wanted to wear. I remember my mother being upset that we had to pay for a new suit, when I already had a perfectly good bathing suit.

I think requiring caps is not at all uncommon. Again, it helps keep hair out of the filtration system.

Posted by
34 posts

Thanks all for your responses. I guess I need to go speedo shopping! My boys and husband will not be happy about this.

Posted by
6876 posts

I guess I need to go speedo shopping! My boys and husband will not be
happy about this.

Maybe they will be more happy if they pick out their own speedos? (I remember when my Mom tried to buy me stuff at a young age...it was a no-go :-)

Posted by
749 posts

Kiwi!!! Love this...I opened the link in the employee lunch room, and we are all giggling. Thanks for the break!

Posted by
3699 posts

"Nothing" is indeed an option in Paris. Google for naked swims. Co-ed. Still need to cover the hair, though. This is called naturism in Europe, nothing to do with bird-watching. Males who are so body-conscious as to recoil from small bathing suits should stay in their own bathtub.

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3493 posts

No, body conscious men will not be more comfortable in anything other than the baggy shorts style swimsuits they already use.

Anything that clings like plastic wrap as these types of swimwear do are not comfortable on anyone not shaped like an Olympic swimmer. Although many men do seem to get over any self consciousness eventually when surrounded by others wearing the same styles.

Posted by
384 posts

The thing is....

No-one is looking at you. No matter what you're wearing. I thought I would be self conscious at the pool - that lasted about 5 minutes. Contrary to popular belief not all french people are super-model thin, and at the pool fashion just isn't a thing - ost people I know go there to swin

A pair of these are comfortable and not too revelaing (and besides, a pool is likely to be quite cool)
https://www.decathlon.fr/boxer-homme-fit-adi-noir-jaune-id_8361330.html

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8394 posts

The trunks Simon’s wearing in his photo he linked, and his latest link, aren’t bad looking and are a big improvement over Speedos. And Simon’s right, no one cares.
Equally unflattering are bathing caps on most women.

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2923 posts

I know we always say no one is looking at you but that is just not true. If you are very tall as I am, people will look at you. I know it because of things that complete strangers have said to me over the years. If you are very overweight, make no mistake, people will look at you. I have a relative who is very overweight and if I detailed all the times that people all over the world have said things to her about how she looks or what she is wearing, you would be appalled. And, I know that I look at people all the time and draw conclusions based on what they are wearing and I don't think I am the only person in the world who does that. What we should say is that we should learn not to care what people think about our clothing choices and I doubt that will ever happen.