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French Bus Drivers Wear Skirts During Heatwave To Get Around 'Shorts Ban'

French Bus Drivers Wear Skirts During Heatwave To Get Around 'Shorts Ban'

It's not just people in the UK who've been suffering at the hands of a merciless heatwave. In France, temperatures have soared up to 38C.

As you can imagine, being a bus driver in that kind of temperature is not pleasant. They have to wear full uniform, and they're stuck inside a tin can all day. Apart from the impressive left-arm tan.

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In the western city of Nantes, bus drivers have taken a stand against their company's 'no shorts' rule. To get around it, they've started wearing skirts.

They claim that their uniform is 'not appropriate' for such high temperatures and that they "envy women at moments like this", reports the Independent.


As you can see, they're not messing about. Who wants a sticky and uncomfortable crotch area? Not me. Skirts are the future, LADs.

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Speaking to Presse Ocean, one driver said: "Given that skirts are an authorised outfit in the company, we are wearing skirts."

The drivers belong to a union, CFDT, and an official from there weighed in on the protest. Representative Gabriel Magner said: "A modern outlook would allow us to wear long shorts from time to time.

"This is a form of discrimination. Women drivers can wear skirts, but not the men. In this heatwave, the temperatures are reaching close to 50C behind our windscreens. And given we have no air conditioning on our buses, it's unbearable."

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The company behind the strict rules, Semitan, apparently introduced a new 'lighter' pair of summer trousers last year. LADbible has contacted Semitan for comment.

So if you are in France over the next few days, don't be surprised if you see a bus driver rocking a skirt.

Featured Image Credit: Presse Océan/YouTube

Topics: heatwave, France, Bus

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Mel Ramsay

Mel Ramsay has been a Senior Journalist for Tyla and LADbible since 2015. She started her career writing obituaries and funeral guides online. Since then, her work has been published in a wide variety of national and local news sites. She is part of the BBC's Generation project and has spoken about young people, politics and mental health on television, radio and online. Contact her - [email protected]