Soon topless sunbathing will be a distant mammary in France

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Soon topless sunbathing will be a distant mammary in France

MeToo hits the beach as a fear of leering looks forces women to opt out of topless tanning

David Chazan

French women used to be famed for sunbathing topless on Riviera beaches, but it seems the practice is no longer considered chic, with fewer disposed to bare their breasts in the MeToo era.

The 60s idea of liberating yourself by burning your bra now seems outdated, and women are more concerned about not attracting unwanted male attention, according to François Kraus, who directed a survey of 5,000 female respondents.

“You can say there’s a MeToo effect on the beach,” Kraus said. The movement prompted by the sexual assault allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has had a huge effect in France. French women have formed their own campaign under the Twitter hashtag “BalanceTonPorc”, which translates as “denounce your pig” and encourages women to go public with the names of men who have groped, threatened or harassed them...

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