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    France: Compensation of Victims of French Nuclear Testing (Jan. 22, 2010) The French Parliament recently adopted Law 2010-2 of January 5, 2010, on the compensation of victims of French nuclear testing (Loi 2010-5 du 5 janvier 2010 relative à la reconnaissance et à l'indemnisation des victimes des essais nucléaires français, Legifrance, http://www.legifrance.gouv.fr (File: les autres textes législatifs et réglementaires) (last visited Jan. 19, […]
    • Contributor: Atwill, Nicole
    • Date: 2010-01-22
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    France: Compensation of Victims of French Nuclear Testing (July 8, 2009) On June 30, 2009, the French National Assembly adopted a draft law on the compensation of victims of French nuclear testing (Projet de loi relative à la reconnaissance et à l'indemnisation des victimes des essais nucléaires français, 30 juin 2009, Assemblée Nationale website, available at http://www.assemblee-nationale.fr/13/ta/ta0308.asp). The draft law provides for the […]
    • Contributor: Atwill, Nicole
    • Date: 2009-07-08
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    France: Anti-Terrorist Law Prohibiting Citizens from Leaving France Found Constitutional (Oct. 30, 2015) In November 2014, France adopted a new law to reinforce its fight against terrorism. (Nicolas Boring, France: Six French Citizens Prohibited from Leaving Under New Anti-Terrorism Law, GLOBAL LEGAL MONITOR (Feb. 26, 2015) .) The law gives authorities the option to prohibit French citizens suspected of planning to participate in terrorist activities […]
    • Contributor: Boring, Nicolas
    • Date: 2015-10-30
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    France: Supreme Court Denies Recognition of an Islamic Divorce in France (Dec. 3, 2009) In a decision rendered on November 4, 2009, the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal decisions, denied recognition in France of an Islamic divorce obtained in Morocco. The spouses, both citizens of Morocco, were married in Morocco in 1975 and reside in France. The wife filed for divorce […]
    • Contributor: Atwill, Nicole
    • Date: 2009-12-03
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    France: French Competition Authority Fines Sony for Abusing Its Dominant Market Position On December 20, 2023, the French Competition Authority (Autorité de la Concurrence) imposed sanctions on Sony for abusing its dominant market position in supplying video game controllers for PlayStation 4 consoles. The sanctions were in response to a complaint from Subsonic, a French manufacturer of video game controllers, alleging that Sony had abused its market … Continue reading “France: French Competition Authority Fines Sony...
    • Contributor: Gilbert, Louis
    • Date: 2024-01-18
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    France: Biometric Passports (June 2, 2008) On April 30, 2008, the French government issued a decree implementing biometric passports and creating a national database to store fingerprints, photographs, and information relating to the civil status of passport applicants. The decree was published in the official gazette of May 4, 2008. It is designed to comply with European Council […]
    • Contributor: Atwill, Nicole
    • Date: 2008-06-02
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    France: European Court Finds France in Violation of Air Quality Rules (Nov. 25, 2019) The Court of Justice of the European Union (EU) ruled on October 24, 2019, that France has “systematically and persistently exceeded the annual limit value for nitrogen dioxide since 1 January 2010.” This decision was taken on the basis of three European directives: Council Directive 96/62/EC of 27 September 1996 on ambient […]
    • Contributor: Boring, Nicolas
    • Date: 2019-11-25
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    France: Highlights of Parliamentary Report on Wearing of Burqa in France (Feb. 17, 2010) On January 26, 2010, the President of the National Assembly published on the Assembly website the report prepared by the Parliamentary Commission to Study the Wearing of the Full Veil in France. (Assemblée Nationale, Rapport d’information au nom de la mission d’information sur la pratique du port du voile intégral sur le […]
    • Contributor: Atwill, Nicole
    • Date: 2010-02-17
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    France: French Government Announces Ban on Wild Animal Performances and Mink Farming (Oct. 7, 2020) On September 29, 2020, the French government announced several measures intended to improve the welfare of wild animals in captivity. According to a speech delivered that day by Minister of Environmental Transition Barbara Pompili, the farming of mink for their fur will be banned by 2025. No new mink farms will be […]
    • Contributor: Boring, Nicolas
    • Date: 2020-10-07
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    France: Six French Citizens Prohibited from Leaving Under New Anti-Terrorism Law (Feb. 26, 2015) A key provision of a new antiterrorism law was recently applied for the first time in France, when authorities confiscated the passports of six would-be jihadist fighters who were believed to be about to leave for Syria. (Six djihadistes français sur le depart privés de passeports [Passports Taken Away from Six Jihadists […]
    • Contributor: Boring, Nicolas
    • Date: 2015-02-26
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    France: Bank Support Plan (Oct. 23, 2008) The French Parliament recently passed Amended Law 2008-1061 of October 16, 2008, on Finances to Fund the Economy, aimed at restoring trust in the French banking and financial system and guaranteeing the good functioning of the economy. The measures adopted reflect the action plan devised by the Member States of the European […]
    • Contributor: Atwill, Nicole
    • Date: 2008-10-23
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    France: Database EVAFISC Lawful (Oct. 11, 2011) On August 24, 2011, the Conseil d'Etat, France's Supreme Court for administrative matters, rejected the request of a Swiss subsidiary of the British bank HSBC to have the database EVAFISC set aside. EVAFISC is designed to identify taxpayers residing in France who hold undisclosed bank accounts abroad. (Conseil d'Etat, Décision No. 336382, […]
    • Contributor: Atwill, Nicole
    • Date: 2011-10-11
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    France: Justice Reforms Adopted (Dec. 6, 2016) On October 12, 2016, the French Parliament adopted a law reforming various aspects of the French justice system. The President promulgated the law on November 18.  (Loi n° 2016-1547 du 18 novembre 2016 de modernisation de la justice du XXIe siècle (1) [Law No. 2016-1547 of 18 November 2016 to Modernize XXIst […]
    • Contributor: Boring, Nicolas
    • Date: 2016-12-06
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    France: New Bioethics Law (July 18, 2011) Law 2011-814 of July 7, 2011, on bioethics was finally adopted by the French Parliament after months of debate and published in the JOURNAL OFFICIEL, France's official gazette, of July 8, 2011. (Loi n° 2011-814 du 7 juillet 2011 relative à la bioéthique, LEGIFRANCE (last visited July 14, 2011)). The new Law […]
    • Contributor: Atwill, Nicole
    • Date: 2011-07-18
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    France: Council of State Acknowledges Responsibility of French State in WWII Deportation of Jews (Mar. 2, 2009) On February 16, 2009, the French Council of State, France's highest administrative court, issued an advisory opinion on the responsibility of the French State in the deportation of Jews resulting from anti-semitic persecution during World War II. The Paris Administrative Court had sought the Council's opinion to rule on a reparation claim […]
    • Contributor: Atwill, Nicole
    • Date: 2009-03-02
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    France: Immigration Reform Pending (Nov. 2, 2007) Following a campaign promise made by presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy, in the last few weeks the French Parliament has debated a new immigration law that would further tighten the requirements for family reunification. Law 2006-911 of July 24, 2006, on Immigration and Integration, had already made the conditions for family reunification more […]
    • Contributor: Atwill, Nicole
    • Date: 2007-11-02
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    France: Internet Piracy Law (Oct. 1, 2009) On September 22, 2009, the French Parliament adopted an additional law on Internet piracy to replace a provision of Law 2009-669 of June 12, 2009, on Favoring the Diffusion and the Protection of Creation on the Internet. The earlier provision was found to be unconstitutional by the Constitutional Council. (Projet de loi […]
    • Contributor: Atwill, Nicole
    • Date: 2009-10-01
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    France: Carbon Tax Plan (Sept. 21, 2009) On September 10, 2009, French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced his government's controversial plan to impose a new “carbon tax” (taxe carbone), to take effect on January 1, 2010, on emissions from fossil fuels such as coal, heating oil, gasoline, and natural gas. The tax, called a climate-energy contribution, is to be stipulated […]
    • Contributor: Zeldin, Wendy
    • Date: 2009-09-21
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    France: Fight Against Terrorism (Jan. 13, 2009) Law 2008-1245 of December 1, 2008, prolongs the application of articles 3, 6, and 9 of Law 2006-64 of January 23, 2006, on Combating Terrorism and on Various Provisions Concerning Security and Borders Controls, which was passed by the French Parliament following the London bombings of July 2005. These three provisions were […]
    • Contributor: Atwill, Nicole
    • Date: 2009-01-13
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    France: Amended Financial Law (Oct. 3, 2011) Law 2011-1117 of September 19, 2011, on Amending the 2011 Financial Bill, was published in France's official gazette on September 20, 2011 (Loi no. 2011-1117 du 19 septembre 2011 de finances rectificative pour 2011, LEGIFRANCE). The original draft law mainly contained provisions concerning financial aid to Greece. The government decided, however, to […]
    • Contributor: Atwill, Nicole
    • Date: 2011-10-03
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    France: Competition Authority Ordinance (Dec. 4, 2008) Law 2008-776 on the Modernization of the Economy, which was passed by the French legislature on August 4, 2008, established a new single competition authority, the Autorité de la concurrence.The creation of the Competition Authority was recently implemented by Ordinance 2008-1161 of November 13, 2008. The Ordinance sets forth the investigation powers […]
    • Contributor: Atwill, Nicole
    • Date: 2008-12-04
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    France: 2011 Finance Law (Feb. 2, 2011) Law 2010-1657 of December 29, 2010, on Finances for 2011 contains measures aimed at reducing France's public deficit from a level of 7.7% of the gross domestic product to 6%. The ultimate goal is to reduce the deficit to 3% by 2013. The government hopes to achieve its goal through drastic cuts […]
    • Contributor: Atwill, Nicole
    • Date: 2011-02-02
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    France: New Austerity Measures (Nov. 16, 2011) On November 7, 2011, the French Council of Ministers announced new austerity measures aimed at further reducing the public debt and achieving financial balance by 2016. The government hopes to save €17.4 billion (about US$23.5 billion) during the period 2012 to 2016, in order to cut the debt by €65 billion ($87.75 […]
    • Contributor: Atwill, Nicole
    • Date: 2011-11-16
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    France: GMO Prohibition Confirmed (June 19, 2014) The Conseil d’Etat, France’s highest court for administrative matters, has rejected a request from corn producers to strike down a government regulation prohibiting the sale, use, and growing of a type of genetically modified corn known as MON 810. (Ordonnance du 5 mai 2014, Association générale des producteurs de maïs (AGPM), SARL […]
    • Contributor: Boring, Nicolas
    • Date: 2014-06-19
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    Africa; France: French Supreme Court Authorizes Corruption Investigation of Three African Heads of State (Nov. 17, 2010) On November 9, 2010, the criminal chamber of the Cour de Cassation, France's Supreme Court for civil and criminal matters, overruled the decision of the Indictment Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal of October 29, 2009, denying the status of “civil party” to an association named International Transparency France (ITF). (Cass. […]
    • Contributor: Atwill, Nicole
    • Date: 2010-11-17