France’s Latest American Import: Mermaid Schools http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/30/world/what-in-the-world/fra...
"Graduates of Ms. Sardella’s classes may aspire to become Miss Mermaid France. This year’s competition had seven entrants, who, wearing elegantly colored tails, cavorted in a large pool. The winner will compete in the International Mermaiding contest in the autumn at a resort on the Red Sea. Ms. Sardella said that about 500 people took her introductory courses at a hotel in Marseille, with some returning for more advanced instruction. She plans to expand to Monaco and Paris. “Some people come for curiosity,” she said, “some because they have a dream of being a mermaid.”" ‎- JustDuckie