Najat Vallaud-Belkacem revoked the law saying that it was terribly dated and no longer represented the equality that existed in modern French society.
“This law is incompatible with the principles of equality between men and women which is laid out in the constitution and in France’s European commitments,” she said, Le Parisien reported.
The law which was originally made in 1799 allowed for a woman to be arrested if she was wearing trousers in Paris unless she was “holding a bicycle handlebar or the reins of a horse,” according to a report by the UK Daily Telegraph.
The restriction came during the upheaval following the French Revolution when the “sans culottes” movement – French revolutionary rebels – refused to wear knee-breeches and chose to wear pants, Le Parisien said.
Women had strict restrictions on their clothing before and after the revolution.