Teenagers across France are launching titillating protests, fighting for their right to dress naughtily in school. The protests began at a school in Essonne, where 300 of the school’s 2,100 pupils came to school in miniskirts or Bermuda shorts. Soon after, some 200 students took to the streets in Gironde, protesting their school’s dress code, which forbids low-slung trousers, short garments, or piercings.
The organizer of the Essonne protest tells the Independent the students were trying to make a philosophical point about freedom, not to “draw attention to ourselves.” The school suspended her for three days, arguing that students “could come across pedophiles on the way to school.” That school is also rumored to be considering a ban on all physical contact between couples on school grounds—students have threatened a “day of kissing” protest in response. (Read more dress code stories.)