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A 200 year old law forbidding women to wear trousers in Paris has finally been revoked. The decision was announced by France’s Minister of women’s rights, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, revoking the 200 year old that forbids Parisian women wearing trousers in public. Najat Vallaud-Belkacem declared that the ban, imposed in 1800, has become incompatible with modern French values. It should here be noted that the 1800 law, which required women to ask police for permission to wear trousers, had earlier been amended twice – allowing women to slip into their slacks only if they were on the back of a horse (1892) or a bicycle (1909).