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The Local fr reports: Part of the Paris canal has once again been transformed into an outdoor pool for the summer. The Local’s Ben McPartland took the plunge on the opening day after being convinced the water was clean enough.

La Baignade, the new swimming pool at the Bassin de la Villette in north eastern Paris is open and ready for sunseekers and swimmers, if the weather holds up.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo opened the open air swimming pools in north eastern Paris on Wednesday, although unlike The Local’s editor she wasn’t game enough to take a dip.

The pool is free and open from 11am to 9pm each day throughout the summer until September 9th.

The Times reports: Paris splashes €1bn to clean up Seine. Guarding competitors in the 2024 Olympics from the risk of diarrhoea, organ failure and death when they swim in the Seine is set to cost French taxpayers about €1 billion.

Paris won the 2024 Olympic Games after Anne Hidalgo, the mayor, promised to make the river clean enough for the open water swimming races and triathlon. She said that the clean-up would also allow Parisians to swim in the Seine for the first time since it was banned almost a century ago.

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Wild Swimming in France last summer.

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How I wish England had a more tolerant attitude towards outdoor swimming.

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The Connection reports: Swimming in the Seine could become a reality in the next year as mayor Anne Hidalgo has launched a 43-point plan to clean up the Paris river.

Aiming to make the Seine a focal point if the city wins the 2024 Olympic Games, she wants to “improve the water quality” and open up the Bassin de la Villette for swimmers next year.

Swimming has been banned on the river since 1923 except by special permit and the last major event to be held on the Seine was the Paris Triathlon in 2012. However, that year a competitor died after falling ill in the water and the next planned event, with 3,000 swimmers, was banned by the prefecture. More…

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Languedoc’s best swimming isn’t in the Mediterranean

When people think of the South of France – they usually think of beaches. Sea beaches. But in our opinion, some of the best places to swim in the Languedoc-Roussillon region aren’t by the sea – they’re along the region’s many beautiful rivers and lakes. More…

Wild Swimming France

Wild Swimming France

Click to find out more about any of our top 33 swimming spots

Wild Swimming France

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Safe river swimming at Cesse Bize Minervois

River Swimming Cesse Bize Minervois

River Swimming Cesse Bize Minervois

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Paris 1945

Paris 1945

Swimming in Paris has a connection with both Leicester and the Olympics. Leicester swimmer John/Jack Arthur Jarvis won 108 swimming championships including two golds at the Paris Olympics in 1900. He learned to swim in the canal in Leicester and founded the Leicester Swimming Club. He was one of only 15 swimmers honored at the official opening of America’s Swimming Hall of Fame in 1968.

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Bathing on the Seine (La grenouillere)
Bathing on the Seine (La grenouillere) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
 

River races in Paris were once a regular part of life in the capital and Impressionist’s paintings remind us of the hay day of outdoor swimming back when the waters were clean and life was good. Yet things have changed; river pollution has kept both fish and human swimmers out of the Seine for more than 60 years.

Back in the 80s things started to turn around. When he was Mayor of Paris, former President Jacques Chirac vowed to clean up the cities artery and to swim in it once it was restored. Although it is still usually illegal to swim in the river, the fish have secretly returned, rising from just 3 species in 1975 to 33 varieties today. In fact the river is now said to be as clean as it was 150 years ago.

The race was to be split into two categories; a 10km race for the serious swimmer starting at the Josephine Baker floating pool barge, and going past Notre Dame, the Louvre, and the Eiffel tower. The 2.5km swim from the Eiffel Tower and ending at the Parc Citroen. The Paris à la Nage swimming race in the Seine was to take place on Sunday September 2nd.

Read about river swimming at the Paris Olympics 1900.

Some 5,000 wild swimmers were disappointed when the swim in the Seine was canceled amid fears about the water quality and police concerns about the disruption of boat traffic. Despite this wild swimmers from the West Country took to the Trocadero Fountains for an “impromptu water ballet” to the amusement of hundreds of spectators. More…

Discover the history of British Swimming and why wild swimmers in the UK were Hung Out to Dry.

 

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