Today is Cinco de Mayo—not Mexican Independence Day as many people assume, but a holiday to celebrate The Battle of Puebla, a seemingly insurmountable battle that under-equipped Mexican townsfolk won over the French.
While the holiday is celebrated more widely in the US than it is in Mexico, France obviously isn’t giving any special consideration to the holiday—instead, President Nicolas Sarkozy has recently called for French policy makers to look back over old French laws that need repealing, including the 1799 trouser ban.
The French law states that any woman interested in dressing “like a man” must first get permission from the local police authorities. And trousers are required uniform for every female Parisian police officer, so they’re all theoretically breaking the law.
But, if anyone wants to road-trip through France to see Paris’ wonderful banned trousers, Wicked Campers has a number of graffiti-emblazoned rental vans available to consumers—just be careful of the particular van painted with "If you love me you would swallow it," which recently caused many a complaint to be sent to the Advertising Standards Authority.