French Lawmakers Want To Repeal Outdated Laws

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The French parliament is looking to repeal outdated laws — including one from 1799 that banned women from wearing trousers on the streets of Paris. Any French woman wishing to "dress like a man" had to get special permission. In 1892, the law was relaxed for women riding horses, and later bikes.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning I'm Renee Montagne.

Women in France may soon be allowed to wear pants. The French parliament is looking to repeal outdated laws including one from 1799 banning women from wearing trousers on the streets of Paris. Any Parisian wishing to dress like a man had to get special permission. In 1892 the law was relaxed for women riding horses and later bikes. Possibly the most famous woman to defy the law: Coco Chanel and her designer pants.

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