Appropriate Clothing for French Churches

May 10th, 2003, 11:08 AM
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Appropriate Clothing for French Churches

Does anyone know if there are clothing restrictions for visiting French churches? I know in Italy you can not have bare arms, shorts or short skirts? How about in France? Thanks!
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May 10th, 2003, 11:28 AM
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Assume the same rules apply. This is a respect thing. CJ
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May 10th, 2003, 01:05 PM
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Nothing that I know of. You wouldn't want to walk into a church wearing bikinis or swimming trunks, but other than that anything goes. I have seen both French and non-French visitors in a variety of dress, shorts, tank-tops, mini-skirts etc. Those who attend Mass tend to dress a bit more tidily. Respectful attitude towards a place of worship is expected, like no loud talking, eating, playing music or walking about during services.
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May 10th, 2003, 03:26 PM
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Thanks. I wanted to know mostly for my children's sakes who will be unhappy if they have to wear long pants when it is warm.
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May 11th, 2003, 02:36 PM
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I suspect that depending on the age of the children as long as they are polite, etc., they could probably wear shorts and nobody would say anything. I think the dress expectations are mostly for adults..then again I could be wrong.
 
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My boys both wear those long shorts that are so popular, and no one has ever said anything about it in French churches, though if we were really going to a service, I would make them wear long pants, just as I do here in the US. I've seen all manner of dress in churches and have worn sleeveless tops myself in France with no problem.
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