London, Sept 30 (ANI): For women in Paris, wearing trousers could soon become legal, after being banned for more than two centuries.
In May, a group of French MPs submitted a draft bill to parliament to remove the law, which has survived repeated attempts to repeal it. Now the Paris council has this week asked the city's chief of police to officially declare the law defunct, reports The Telegraph.
The rule was relaxed in 1892 by an amendment, which said trousers were permitted "as long as the woman is holding the reins of a horse". ater the clause was watered down to 'on a bicycle or holding it by the handlebars'.The law is also contradicted by legislation, which has made men and women equal in the eyes of the French constitution since 1946.
Another law makes wearing trousers compulsory for Parisian policewoman.
Left-wing MP Gerard Charasse is leading the campaign to have the 'trousers' law removed.
"It is fundamentally outdated and clearly wrong that this odd rule is still in place," he said. (ANI)