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In pictures – Saudi Arabia: women take the wheel

A woman driving few minutes after the appliance of the royal decree allowing women to drive © AP

A woman driving few minutes after the appliance of the royal decree allowing women to drive © AP

In Saudi Arabia, since June 24, women are allowed to drive. And social media went crazy over this first.

Since Sunday, June 24 at midnight, women are officially allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia. This is a first in the country, and it has been expected since September 26, 2017 when King Salman signed a decree allowing women to drive.

From Riyadh to Castellet

Many Saudi women were counting the minutes separating them from this fateful hour on Saturday. Hundreds of them took the wheel only seconds after midnight. A moment of history that has been massively relayed on social media.

The event was also echoed in France, where first female member of Saudi National Federation of Motorsport Aseel Al-Hamad drove a Renault Formula 1 car at the opening of the Grand Prix du Castellet, in the Var.

Les hommes applaudissent

As spectators of the event in Saudi Arabia, men have mainly shown enthusiasm, encouraging their new driving fellows.

Some police officers also distributed roses to the first female drivers on the roads of the kingdom.