In an unprecedented move France's Ministry of Interior has acted on a parliamentary vote and made it illegal for women to wear pants in Paris.
The No-Pants-In-Paris rule, passed unanimously in the French parliament, will become applicable on December 1.
Warnings will be posted at all of the capital's entry points (airports and railroad stations) so that females will know to drop their pants or they will be stripped by the police.
As a spokesperson for French President Nicolas Sarkozy has pointed out, the parliamentarians have merely decided that an already existing law (Art. 1001.1001 of 1800) that forbids women to dress like men - wear trousers - must now be applied.
Accordingly, women who wish to walk around Paris after December 1 will have to wear skirts or dresses. This does however cause a problem because Paris shopkeepers are reporting that because of the rush to buy skirts and dresses they have run out of stock.
So what is a woman to do?
Said the President's spokesperson: "Go naked of course. There is no law against that now is there?"
Airlines are reporting bulk bookings for Paris this December from men's clubs.