Women can swim topless
In Geneva, women can now swim topless in Lake Geneva, the Rhone and the rivers. Following a petition denouncing the excess of zeal of the municipal police, the government amended the 1929 regulation on public baths.
“We are lowering our moral principles concerning the upper body,” said the president of the Council of State, François Longchamp, on Wednesday. “We remove the top but not the bottom,” said his colleague Antonio Hodgers, amused.
The regulation on public baths of 12 April 1929 prohibits bathing in the lake, the Rhone and the rivers “without being dressed in a suit or bathing suit suitable for each sex.” On this basis, police officers Municipal authorities wanted to impose fines on women who were bathing topless in the Rhone. Note that this regulation does not apply to swimming pools.
A petition, signed by 233 people, denounced a text not only sexist but also absurd. Indeed, nothing prohibits women to tan bronze naked on the edge of the cantonal waters. Renovated, the banks of the Rhone are a place of relaxation very popular in summer.