Women Can Now Legally Wear Pants in Paris

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Women can now wear pants in Paris, legally.


France has officially overturned a 200 year old law prohibiting women from wearing pants in Paris. Devorah Lauter explains:

The law required women to ask police for special permission to "dress as men" in Paris, or risk being taken into custody.

In 1892 and 1909 the rule was amended to allow women to wear trousers, "if the woman is holding a bicycle handlebar or the reins of a horse."

The law was kept in place until now, despite repeated attempts to repeal it, in part because officials said the unenforced rule was not a priority, and part of French "legal archaeology."

A small win for legal sanity.

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