On January 31, 2013, the women of Paris had their moment of liberation. The no-pants rule was finally scrapped after being around for nothing less than 200 years!
Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, France's minister of women's rights, made it official to not arrest any woman for wearing pants in the French capital.
The law, until then, required women to formally ask police for special permission to "dress as men" in Paris. Else, they faced the risk of being taken into custody.
In 1892 and 1909 the rule was relaxed just a little by allowing women to wear trousers only if the woman was holding a bicycle handlebar or the reins of a horse.
The lawmakers did not budge despite repeated attempts to repeal it from protestors. The officials would justify their attitude by saying that it wasn’t their utmost priority, and was a part of French "legal archaeology."
In a public request directed at Ms Vallaud-Belkacem, Alain Houpert, a senator and member of the conservative UMP party, said the "symbolic importance" of the law "could injure our modern sensibilities," and he asked the minister to repeal it.
Ms Vallaud-Belkacem took in the appeal and in a published statement on Jan 31st wrote: "This ordinance is incompatible with the principles of equality between women and men, which are listed in the Constitution, and in France's European commitments, from that incompatibility follows the implicit abrogation of the ordinance."
Information source: telegraph
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