Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Repeal of French Trouser Law

Further to my blog post from May 2012 - France: Paris' Trouser Law - comes this update from BBC News:

The French government has overturned a 200-year-old ban on women wearing trousers.
The Minister of Women's Rights, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, said that the ban was incompatible with modern French values and laws.
She said the law, imposed on November 17, 1800, had in effect already been rescinded because of incompatibility.
The move to formally repeal the law followed a parliamentary question asked last year.
According to the law, women needed to have the permission of local police if they wanted to "dress like a man" and wear trousers.
Though it has been ignored for decades, formally it remained on the statute books.
Ms Vallaud-Belkacem said the original law had been intended to prevent women doing certain jobs.


Angie Schaffer said...

Oh how I love these old sexist laws. They are there to prove how much we have evolved as a species in recent years.

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