PARIS – Women in Paris can finally wear trousers without fear of criminal prosecution after the government said a more than 200-year-old ban no longer has any legal effect.
Minister of Women’s Rights Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, , said that the ban, imposed in 1800, is incompatible with modern French values and laws.
The city 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.
Answering a query in the Official Journal of the French Senate, Vallaud-Belkacem said that while it had not been struck down, the order was in effect abrogated.