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Last updated: 24 november, 2009 - 12:19 GMT

Europe's silliest laws

The president of France's wife, Carla Bruni, wearing trousers

The French president's wife Carla Bruni is technically breaking the law if she wears trousers in Paris

A French law came to light last week which bans women from wearing trousers in Paris.

If you are a Welshman in the English city of Chester after sunset you could lose your head.

It is prohibited to die while in the UK's Houses of Parliament.

It could be regarded an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British king or queen's image upside-down.

What other strange laws still persist around Europe?

Hear from Duncan Kennedy in Rome, Rob Watson in London but first, from the BBC's Paris correspondent, Emma Jane Kirby.

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BBC Business reporter Tim Jenkins joins Europe Today's James Coomarasamy and throws one or two more silly laws into the pot.

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First broadcast 20 November 2009

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