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Paris finally revokes female trouser ban

February 5, 2013, 3:28 pmYahoo! New Zealand

Ladies, rejoice! You can no longer be arrested for wearing pants in Paris.

Paris finally revokes female trouser ban
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Ladies, rejoice! You can no longer be arrested for wearing pants in Paris.

That's right - a 200-year-old law banning women from wearing trousers in the French capital has finally been quashed.

The antiquated rule, though unenforced in recent years, meant women could have been put behind bars for dressing "as men", the Telegraph reports.

Amendments made in 1909 stipulated a lady could wear trousers "if the woman is holding a bicycle handlebar or the reins of a horse".

For the first time in two centuries, women can legally wear trousers in the City of Love. Photo: Thinkstock


France's women's rights minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem released a statement on January 31 that said the law was “incompatible with the principles of equality between women and men, which are listed in the Constitution”.

"From that incompatibility follows the implicit abrogation of the ordinance."

Several earlier attempts to revoke the law were ignored because officials deemed it of low priority and part of French "legal archaeology".

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  1. chanita10:43am Wednesday 06th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Finally the French government does something constructive ...they must have run out of croissants and camembert...

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