Emanuel Ungaro runway spring 2010.

A thigh-baring look from Emanuel Ungaro spring 2010 runway collection. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain, Getty Images

Long live the miniskirt!

French teens are fighting for their right to be scantily clad with nationwide protests against new dress codes that ban up-to-there fashions.

The first battle cry for liberté came from Lycée Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire in Essonne, a school just south of France, reports the Independent UK.

There, students protested a dress code imposed by a new headteacher that banned garments above the knee and holes in pants (guess those destroyed boyfriend jeans are out) by galavanting around school in skimpy duds for two days.

And it isn't just girls crying foul, guys want to show a bit of thigh too.

Student Léa Dedieu rallied 300 of the school's 2,100 students to participate in the protest for what she insists is a "philosophical point freedom"; boys wore Bermuda shorts and girls miniskirts, reports the source.

Turns out the school in Essone isn't alone in fighting for longer hemlines.

Lycée Condorcet d'Arcachon in Gironde, Lycée Saint-Jean-Hulst in Versailles and Lycée Saint-Joseph in Reims all have imposed new dress codes in place with various success -- 200 students in Gironde marched on the town to protest the restrictions.

Why all the protests? French sociologist Michel Fize blames it on T.V. "How can you say to a teenage girl that she is baring too much of her shoulder when those on television are doing exactly that?" he told the source.

Or maybe they're influenced by politics: France's First Lady was no stranger to minis in her modeling prime.

What do you think? Are teenagers dressing too sexy these days and if so, is T.V. to blame? Leave a comment!