" gphilg "
you are right to say that things have changed a lot
According to what I read now about physicals at school or university now in France, the regulations are very different from one school and one university to an other one, and even when examinations are still required and performed at school or university, there is much more privacy, there is no group exam like in the past normally and certainly no nudity required ( but an exception is always possible ), even for those who want to practice sport in a team, it is different than in the past.
I agree with "Doc Peter" that privacy is more and more respected while it was often the last concern of the medical staff and the administrative local authorities in former years at schools or even at universities or great schools after undergraduation of high schools.
At my student time in France when entering for the first year of a great school (the regulations could have been different in an other one except that there migh be a check of the health of the studentst), the practice of sport like swimming was mandatory as well as the PE lessons, so we had during the first week after entrance at this school a compulsory physical examination in the office of the chief of the sport department, a group of 15 male students aged between 18 and 21 was summoned to come on one morning all together at the same hour ( it means that the last to be examined had to wait their turn for almost all the moring, at least more than two hours), then a Pe teacher instructed us to undress in briefs in a kind of big looker room and then to wait to be called one by one.( it means that some of us stayed undressed in briefs for a long time)
As we discovered it when we were called to enter in the office, there was in that room one female nurse, one male doctor and three Pe teachers and among them a woman Pe teacher, the three teachers were dressed in gym clothes and the doctor and nurse in lab coats.
Once in the room, I was first questioned about my family, my studies, my practice of sport, my health, my fitness to military service since I was supposed to have been examined in a military pre-induction center at 18 age to check my fitness like all boys of that age, then examined standing in front of them like in a draft board commission with a visual look at me, head to toes, face and back ,and then I had my vitals checked by the doctor and the nurse as well as my vision, after I was weighted, heighted, measured for the turn of the chest, the waist and so on , then I had a check of reflexes with a hammer, and then to do a few orthopedic exercices like squatting several times, lifting the legs one by one and the arms one by one and so on, standing on the toes of the feet for a while, spreading my legs and my arms, touching my feet etc. Then, ( I don't know if it was the standard process for all the students or because they have noticed that I had a curvature at the spine ), I was instructed by a male Pe teacher, I assume that he was the chief of the sport department because he was the older man) to remove my brief and to put it on a stool that I found near me, then to stand face to them who were sitting behind a desk, then to turn on the side and after to turn completely around always stark naked and to stand back under their sight from the back for a while. I could hear some comments about my spine curvature and my well shaped buttocks for which I was congratulated by the chief of the sport department, then I was told to bend over and touch my ankles, then to lift up again slowly, then to walk towards the wall and came back., It was the last part of the exam and after that I was told to put again my brief, they told me that I was not a very strong young man but that I was able to practice sport because the curvature of my spine was not important, it was not a real issue since I could move easily without any issue, So they decided to subscribe me in a group with compulsory Pe lessons ans swimming lessons too because they thought that It would be very good for me to practice more sports, but with young men at the same level, they said that I was classified in the" A" group for Pe lessons and swimming lessons ( I learned after that there was three groups "A level", "B level" and "C level" )and then I was told to get out of the room.
It was in the first 70's and it is obvious that an examination in a great school, even for sport, would not be performed like that today because privacy was more respected
At that time it was different because they knew that each male student had already been examined in the nude in front of a draft board commission for military service at 18 age, so the concern about modesty of young men was not important !