Monday, February 04, 2013
Funny law: France lifts 200-year-old trouser ban on women
Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, France's minister of women's rights, said in a statement that the ban, imposed on November 17, 1800, was incompatible with modern French values and laws.
The municipal order required Parisian women to seek permission from local police if they wanted to "dress like a man" by wearing trousers.
It was modified in 1892 and 1909 to allow women to wear trousers if they were "holding a bicycle handlebar or the reins of a horse" but had officially remained on the books.
What a funny old law..