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Ladies of Paris, you no longer have to fear arrest for wearing trousers in the French capital.

It sounds très odd, but apparently a bylaw requiring women to ask permission from city authorities before dressing as “men” and donning trousers have been on the books for more than 200 years. On Jan. 31, the Telegraph reported, France’s Women’s Rights Minister, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, declared the law effectively revoked, citing its incompatibility with France’s constitutional equality rights.

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The law, which was originally intended to prevent women from wearing the pantalons fashionable with Parisian rebels in the French Revolution, was amended twice throughout its history to make exception for women who happened to be “holding a bicycle handlebar or the reins of a horse.”

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Of course, there have been attempts to repeal…

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