Mum surprised to discover common swimming shorts are banned in French pools

A mother was surprised to find out that standard swim shorts are banned in indoor pools across France.

The mother shared her discovery in a post on Facebook.

A mother was surprised to find out that standard swim shorts are banned in indoor pools across France


A mother was surprised to find out that standard swim shorts are banned in indoor pools across FranceCredit: Alamy

In her post, she revealed that she was vacationing in Europe and staying at a popular campsite.

While explaining how much she liked the facilities, another piece of information piqued her interest even more.

She wrote, “The best and most amazing thing about it.” [trip]I just found out that many swimming pools in France do not allow men to wear swim shorts.

“[Instead]Apparently they have to wear swimming trunks for hygienic reasons.

“The thought of my husband and son in swimming trunks at a French campsite makes me laugh so hard I can’t get anything done.”

The post, which had 68 comments, also shocked many other people at the revelation.

One person wrote: “Still wondering why swimwear is more hygienic than swimwear or nudity?”

While another added: “How are swimwear more hygienic?”

But these aren’t the only vacationers who didn’t heed the rule.

Another mother also encountered the ban last year while visiting a French swimming pool with her son and husband.

The woman you call mummymouseinthehouse posted a video about her trip on the social media platform.

A caption above the video read: “In France, the boys have to wear swimming trunks to go swimming in the pool. My son and husband were not impressed.

Footage shows a sign at a turnstile with board shorts crossed out with a large red cross.

She then panned the camera to show her son and husband – both looking unhappy.

The video has garnered more than 13 million views on TikTok, with users pouncing on the comments.

One person wrote: “[It’s a] a somewhat strange rule.

Another added: “I just wouldn’t go swimming.”

A third wrote: “My dad didn’t know and had to buy one from the machine – it didn’t even fit well.”

According to the travel website, SuncampThe pool policy is in place for two reasons: “Hygiene and Environment”.

They added: “People often wear long swim trunks as shorts. You wear them to the beach, for example, or when you go for a walk through the city.”

“Then if you swim in the pool in the same shorts, you pollute the water.”

“A tight-fitting swim trunk is less likely to hold dirt, and you don’t typically wear it when you’re strolling around town during the day.”

There are many pool rules that other pool vacationers should follow – and most of them are universal.

Renowned etiquette expert William Hanson posits that there’s a 30-minute grace period for poolside reservations.

Here hotel guests can reserve a seat for a maximum of half an hour with a towel or a book.

William told Sun Online Travel: “In the morning, early in the day, and you’re at the pool after breakfast, then it’s okay to put your towel on the bed at 8.30am to reserve your spot.”

“But later in the day, after you’ve used the lounger and go, for example, to a massage that will last an hour, you can’t reserve the sun lounger with a towel.”

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She shared her discovery in a post on Facebook


She shared her discovery in a post on FacebookPhoto credit: Getty

Emma James

Emma James is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma James joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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