French Women Technically Not Permitted to Wear Pants, Report Finds

A French decree that bans women from dressing like men — specifically from wearing pants — still exists in Paris, according to the U.K. Telegraph.

The ban, which dates back to 1800 and was introduced by Paris' police chief at that time, states that any woman who dresses like a man "must present herself to Paris' main police station to obtain authorization," the paper reported.

A slight amendment was made to the rule in 1892, when women were allowed to wear pants "as long as the woman is holding the reins of a horse," the paper reported.

In 1909, even more strides were made when the law was expanded to allow women to wear pants if they were riding a bicycle.

In 2003, a French right-wing party leader asked the minister in charge of gender equality to toss out the outdated rule, the Telegraph reported.

"Disuse is sometimes more efficient than (state) intervention in adapting the law to changing mores," the minister responded, according to the paper.

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