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Paris Women Finally Allowed to Wear Trousers–Officially


But not the Hijab (in schools) or the face veil.

(h/t: Sir David)

Paris women finally allowed to wear trousers


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She said the law, imposed on November 17, 1800, had in effect already been rescinded because of incompatibility.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.

“This order was aimed first of all at limiting the access of women to certain offices or occupations by preventing them from dressing in the manner of men,” she said.

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”.

During the French Revolution, Parisian women had requested the right to wear trousers and working-class revolutionaries became known as “sans-culottes” for wearing trousers instead of the silk-knee breeches preferred by the bourgeoisie.

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  • CriticalDragon1177

    Good Point. I think I say an entire websites once dedicated to dumb laws in each state.

  • Tanveer Khan

    Your apology has been accepted Bhai sab. I agree with you. More privacy.

  • Mustapha Ash

    It’s probably one of those ceremonial legacy laws that have been around prior to the French Revolution but has never been struck down, because it has never been enforced and no one really cared enough to officially nullify them. American cities and even a few states are known for having absurd laws that they never bothered to strike down.

  • Reynardine


  • CriticalDragon1177

    I can, but I’m stunned that it was still around. Modern France isn’t the type of society I would imagine would have such a law.

  • Tanveer Khan

    The world is an illuuuuuusion.

  • Tanveer Khan

    Ah. I see. Fascinating.

    xD xD xD xD

  • Tanveer Khan

    Mr Ahmed. It hurts me that you would think of me like that. I merely ‘contemplated’. 😛

  • Tanveer Khan

    Well…let’s say i contemplate.

  • Zakariya Ali Sher

    Uh-oh! With a name like Najat sounds like she’s one of those revolutionary Arab women, trying to erode centuries old European tradition. 😀

  • mindy1

    I can’t believe that was ever a law :O

  • Reynardine

    Aren’t you a bit young to have found out?

  • Reynardine

    I think the Hays Office got us.

  • Tanveer Khan

    Original comment disappeared…lol xD

  • Tanveer Khan

    The man in the pub spoke true.


  • Reynardine

    Don’t you have back seats where you are?

  • Reynardine

    I’d point out that although there is no need to regulate head coverings that are not trailing enough to pull an Isidora Duncan on the wearer, I don’t know how, under current U.S. law, you could allow full-face coverings without running afoul of prohibitions designed to hinder stickup artists, KKKlansmen, and such, unless you were to (say) permit them to people under five three, which would eliminate (purportedly) people too old to be trick-or-treating and (actually) the majority of South Asian and Mediterranean women. To say women may cover their faces in public and men may not would probably be set aside as discriminatory, as well as encouraging actual crooks of all ethnicities to cross-dress.

    Until the Sixties, well-dressed American women often wore hats with little net veils that did not truly obscure the features. One might try bringing back that.

  • Leftwing_Muslim_Alliance

    Also the gear stick gets in the way…….er…. So I was told by a bloke I met in the pub

    Sir David

  • Reynardine

    Tanveer, you’re pretty young. Married old farts get tired of the same old thing, so the risk involved in parking behind (climate depending) a clump of lilacs or palmettos, with a full moon out, smack of romance and forbidden fruit and the daring of adolescence. Actual adolescents, of course, may be unable to get a motel room.

  • Tanveer Khan

    But why would you want to have fun in the car anyway? Wouldnt people be able to see you?

  • Reynardine

    In Florida, it is still an offense to have sex in one’s car, even with one’s spouse, but so far as I can see, that is never enforced unless the happy couple are trying to drive at the same time.

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