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Read somewhere that in French public pools blokes must wear Speedo-type trunks. is this a wind-up or are the French really preparing themselves to see my horrific form in skintight pants? Going to ADH in two weeks and fancy a swim but don't want to have to throw a strop when i'm told to get naked
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I believe Speedos are considered appropriate in public pools in France. If you forget to take yours along, maybe they have some spare ones you can borrow? Twisted Evil
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I know speedos are compulsory in the Morzine public, when it is open in Summer.
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Specialman, it's true. I don't whether it applies everywhere, but it's a common requirement. Don't worry about how you look; if they have these sort of rules, they deserve what they get. As you might expect, there are some hideous sights. Speedo styles seem to be more popular on the continent than here, even when they're not compulsory, god knows why.


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'Fraid so - has been so for years, not a wind-up. If you have some lycra-type trunks they may be acceptable (mine are similar to cycling shorts and I was once allowed to use them after a bit of discussion), but it's primarily to stop people using shorts type cossies - that could also be used as ordinary outdoor shorts. They normally have some to rent Shocked .


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I can't say I have ever heard of such a rule, but I've never used public pools in France - only ones attached to various campsites. There were certainly plenty of blokes wearing shorts in those, and I suspect there would have been far fewer if "proper" trunks were a requirement in public pools.

Speedo trunks is not "naked" though. Naked means wearing nothing.
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Specialman, don't know about ADH but I've swam in the pool in Tignes in a pair of beach shorts. I wasn't escorted from the premises so you may be OK.
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Specialman, yes, the pool in ADh will insist on speedos. Don't forget to post images of your trip on the mediazone Very Happy
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I've used regular swim shorts in the spa & pool in Tignes a few times. Nobody ever asked me to take them off, so I assume they were OK.
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Nobody ever asked me to take them off.

Don't be sad - you may get lucky one day!
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I've managed to wear the tight trunks without being thrown out - at little bit more dignified than speedos for fat, balding 40 yr olds
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I present to you - exhibit A, from the Chamonix pool - only 3 euros to rent! Whether the moobs are also compulsory, I couldn't say.

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IFIRC correctly there is a picture of Fosty the snowman in the correct swimwear for the E0SB in Val Thorens
Ladies look away now......

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Specialman, Don't forget to post images of your trip on the mediazone Very Happy


here here!!
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Speedo trunks is not "naked" though.


That's debatable.. Toofy Grin
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firebug, what are they offering to rent you for €3 - there is room for confusion.
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Specialman, Yep, Speedos are enforced in almost all swimming pools in France, and even in many campsite pools
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IFIRC correctly there is a picture of Fosty the snowman in the correct swimwear for the E0SB in Val Thorens
Ladies look away now......

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In fact that photo was used on a Chamonix poster promoting the types of swim trunks allowed. Very Happy
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Specialman, What colour is you posing pouch?
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I've heard this before, what on earth is their reasoning for this madness?!
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Boys, what makes you think that merely donning a pair of shapeless shorts makes your flabby forms in some way acceptable? If you have a problem with swim trunks, get down the gym and cut out the lard. Laughing
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Lizzard, I have no problem with my flabby form Laughing , although it is highly unpleasant to see a 65 year old man with flab hanging out, then some skin hanging off his flab in speedos, some cover is better than the debatable amount given by speedos!
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anotherproblem, I was also going to question the reasoning behind the ban and agree with your viewpoint above. It can't surely be Health and Safety?
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Megamum, Surely not, in France?! some of the mentalist things I've seen out there I can't see that being a valid reason. Maybe its because the French are all perverts?
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Megamum, I was advised it is to prevent us from walking in off the streets (mainly during the summer one would guess) and jumping into the pool in 'urban street wear shorts', in other words, the shorts that you've just hiked up and down a great big bloody hill in and perspired violently into
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masmith, if this is correct, surely they could change the rules in winter!
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anotherproblem, Yes you would think so. I was only reporting what I had been told by the locals when in Samoens in the summer.
Even more ridiculous is the Hotel Vik Laub in Wengen where in addition to speedos, one must also adorn a lovely swimming cap. Beautifully crafted blue ones are available for purchase if you happen to have forgotton yours. On top of that, children are not allowed to play and make splashes in the pool, jumping in is forbidden, and you need a dour face and a complete lack of a sense of humour to work there.
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masmith, sounds like the gym I go to, I got in the pool to be shouted at and harassed for not having a swimming cap, I then had to get out, get dressed and go and buy one because nobody had thought it necessary to inform me! Anyway, I'm sticking with the reason that the french are perverts.
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masmith, anotherproblem, Not only that, but it implies that you wanted to go hiking in a pair of speedo's that they couldn't stop you from walking in off the street and jumping straight into the pool.
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masmith, i wore my baggy pants in the Vic lauber pool. all blue and watery wave style (trunks and water)
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lampbus, you are a very naughty boy.
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There is no logic to this rule anotherproblem, so don't waste time looking for the logic - it is just the french being french, being contrary for no good reason is part of the national character.
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the ice perv, yes, the french being french, sick sexual deviants, who take pleasure from seeing fat pasty english men in speedos.
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With a shaved head you don't need to wear a swiming cap Toofy Grin
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With hair, I don't need to look like my big bald father Toofy Grin
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I've never understood swimming hats either - I have more hair on my chest than my head
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So...... no, cancel that... I'm not going there... Shocked Laughing
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I was intrigued, in Samoens, that they even have this rule at outdoor pools - I can just about see it with indoor pools, but outdoor pools must receive so much bird poo, dead leaves, wind-blown dust etc, that a pair of swim shorts isn't going to make it worse.

However, I went a sports shop in the village and bought a nice pair of boxer-style trunks (rather than Speedos) which were acceptable.

I first heard of this rule being made at a Grenoble pool in the late '80s, from where it appears to have spread across the country.

The swimming caps, I have heard of mainly in Switzerland, rather then France.
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