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Questions concerning the laws, criminal justice system, civil court procedures and related topics specific to the European country of France.

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Is it legal to create your own currency in the EU?

In the European Union, and more particularly in France, is it legal for an association to create its own private currency?
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Does the decision against Grenoble mean that Rennes would also have to reimpose their burkini ban in public swimming pools?

According to latest news someone (possibly the central French government, although that's not terribly clear) won a legal challenge against the city of Grenoble, which had recently lifted their ...
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Conditions to sabbatical holiday in France

I was interrested in sabbatical holiday in my country (France), and I would like to make sure that I understand correctly the official conditions. Quoting this (in the condition dropdown): Le salarié ...
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Must restaurants serve water for free to their customers in France?

https://www.economie.gouv.fr/dgccrf/Publications/Vie-pratique/Fiches-pratiques/Carafe-d-eau-verre-d-eau (mirror 1, mirror 2) states: La carafe d'eau ordinaire en accompagnement du repas est inclue ...
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Is it legal to wear a short a little transparent like this, outside?

Is it legal or prohibited to wear, for example in my garden where I can be seen by others, or at the beach, a semi-transparent shorts and my organs under (…like the picture)?
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Is price parity legal in France?

Is price parity legal in France? I want to sell items on a French website which has requirements to provide the best price available. The contract includes the following: “In order to maintain the ...
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Am I French Tax Resident

I moved to London from Paris in March 2021 while my wife and son are still in Paris. I was assuming that I am a UK resident for tax purposes till I came across "the definition of 'domicile fiscal'...
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Is a sales clause prohibiting the buyer of exporting the goods outside of a zone legal?

I bought some goods at my local Mercedes dealer in France, and I was stunned by a sales contract clause that reads : Le client s'engage : Export interdit hors UE/AELC/MC Translation mine The client ...
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Is there any official law that prohibits the use of tritium in France?

I remember reading people talking about the fact that the use of tritium is forbidden in France (automatic watches used to have tritium paint to glow in the dark; now they mostly use phosphorescent ...
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How can a tenancy be ended in France?

I saw a comment by @Woj on another question here: Landlord gives 4 months notice to the rental agency which fails to give notice to the tenants Since everyone is mentioning their country - in France ...
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Copyright transfer on death where copyright cannot be transferred?

The wikipedia page on Copyright transfer mentions that in "some countries, a transfer of copyright is not legally allowed, and only licensing is possible". Does this also apply to the ...
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A scholarship organization is publishing my personal information on their website

In February 2018, I received a one-time scholarship (1000 €) from a private association in the EU. A few months ago, I noticed the organization published on their website private information of the ...
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In France, what are the legal implications of using a shooting sport firearm for self-defense at home?

As some of you may be aware, when you subscribe to the French Shooting Federation to shoot for sport and do the required legal paperwork, you can acquire a firearm for the sole purpose of practicing ...
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French University: are remote internships legal?

I am a master's student, part of a two-years dual degree: first year in Germany, second and last year in France. For my last semester, I am required to do a 6 months internship and thesis in a company,...
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Am I legally allowed to travel to France without a COVID vaccine, through a green-listed country, if my origin is amber-listed?

Travel from an amber-list country to France without the COVID vaccine is prohibited. Does this mean travel from an amber-list country, to a green-list country, and then onward to France is also ...
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Does the painting define a parking spot on a recently rebuilt sidewalk?

My question is related to French law. We had two parking spot in front of our house, painted with white lines, on the sidewalk. (there is enough space for both parked car and walkers). Last year, my ...
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Is the portrayal of the police at the end of the movie 'Stillwater' accurate in regards to their powers and authority?

This question has what may be considered spoilers for the movie 'Stillwater'. In 'Stillwater', near the end of the movie when the main character comes home, he quickly becomes surrounded by police, ...
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Under what French law can the government hold a company responsible for what the consumers do with the product they sell?

Paris (dpa) - The French environment ministry has vowed to tackle the scourge of billions of discarded cigarette butts which litter the country's streets, parks and nature. Within six years, the ...
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How a country can fine an Internet company from another country?

Recently France fined Google. Google intends to comply. Why? How a country can fine an Internet company from another country? I understand that Google's business is mostly ads. As long as France is ...
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Is it allowed for a French company to only accept French passports for registration for a service

La Poste has an online identification system called "l'identité numérique" for which registration requires a French passport or "Titre de séjour français" see this. As a non-French ...
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Is there a complexity requirement for a handwritten signature?

Handwritten signatures are still used to authenticate a document, even though the more serious operations are done in front of a notary (at least in France). This shows that a trusted third party is ...
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What happens if someone steals an apple juice from a supermarket?

I would like to know what is the risk if someone gets caught stealing a cheap item worth $1, such as an apple juice from a supermarket.
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Is there some well known or established principle for this situation? Unfair jurisdictions and un-equal parties

Imagine a situation where an employer offers an employee a contract that stipulates that all disputes should be resolved by some arbitration panel in a tax haven. I don't know about America but I am ...
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Marriage contract "communauté de biens"

Alice marries Bob under the community of property ("communauté de biens") regime. Alice brings in 100k€, Bob 50k€. Or it can be a joint possessed ("indivision") 150 k€ house, 100k€ ...
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In which conditions is one's French ID card not a proof of one's French citizenship?

I right on some French embassy website: La carte nationale d’identité est un document officiel qui permet à tout citoyen de justifier de son identité et, sous certaines conditions, de sa nationalité ...
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Remotely working from France for a US company (repost asked by mod)

I'm French, I live in France and I'm considering applying for a remote job in a US company. Are there any legal issues that would prevent me to do so? How would the time spent working in a US company ...
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Remotely working from France for a US company

I'm French, I live in France and I'm considering applying for a remote job in a US company. Are there any legal issues that would prevent me to do so? How would the time spent working in a US company ...
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If I have a EU research visa from one country can I start research activities in a different one?

I am Russian citizen who was working at a French University with a valid French permit of stay. I started working at a Portuguese University before my French permit of stay expired. After two month of ...
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What are the historical reasons that France adopted civil rather than common law?

The story I heard is that revolutionaries thought that judges were corrupt and thus should be left to interpret the law, and thus should closely follow codified rules. Is that historically accurate?
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In the 1810 French penal code, were "stocks" a more heavy punishment than imprisonment?

In the 1810 French penal code, the prescribed sentence for some crimes is "carcan" (stocks), which is described as being put in stocks at a public place with information about one's name, ...
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Would a dual French-Lebanon citizen be expelled from Lebanon if they had entered Lebanon illegally?

I read on https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2020-01-14/how-nissan-s-carlos-ghosn-was-smuggled-out-of-japan: He had two French passports, a privilege granted to citizens with particularly ...
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As a French citizen owning an Estonian company, can I be sued for that company activity by another French company under French law?

Within the following situation: I have the French nationality. I have an Estonian company, created as part of the e-Residency program. This company purpose is doing "web scraping", ...
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Is it prohibited to mock the LGBT community in France?

Recent question: Freedom of speech and blasphemy caused me to think about it and ask myself: is there any limits/prohibits for mocking in France? Is it legal to criticize the LGBT community? As we see,...
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Discrimination outside protected characteristics?

I am an avid community user for a paid software. The users buy the software, but not access to support. The company makes a strong use of the friendly community in their product advertisements. The ...
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Trouble understanding a paragraph within a French contract [closed]

I cannot understand the last paragraph of an article in a reservation contract to acquire our main residence. The context: We advance 1% of the sum to "book" the Appartement we wish to buy ...
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Do I have to declare my income considering I am keeping them on the platform?

On the site 5euros (the French equivalent of Fiverr), you can use the money earned through microservices by withdrawing it to your bank account, or by spending it on the site in order to buy services ...
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In France, can you lock out a squatter the way they locked you out?

This is specific to France (and maybe other countries, but I doubt that there is any other with such a surrealistic legislation like ours) In France, when someone breaks in to your house and stays ...
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Can universities organize remote exams without providing the technical means?

Many French universities require their students to take exams remotely, often through a computer, without providing the necessary equipment to perform these tasks. And here I am not talking about ...
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Is selling products at different prices depending on gender possible?

I noticed that a French nightclub in Nice (France) sold products at different prices according to the sex of the customers and according to their clothes, indeed women paid less for nightclub's ticket ...
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Are apprentice homework hours counted in working hours in France?

The article L6222-24 of the French Working Code says that: The time devoted by the apprentice to the training provided in apprenticeship training centers is included in the work schedule Does that ...
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Do other countries than Germany have traffic laws that regard a group of civil vehicles as one single vehicle?

I'm mostly interested in the situation in France, but this might be interesting for other countries as well, especially in the context of the current rise of bicycle usage: Germany has § 27 in its ...
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Must French financial institutions know by law the salary of their customers?

Must French financial institutions know by law the salary of their customers? One of my French banks is asking this information from me and claims they have to do so by law (and I have "declare sur l'...
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Is it illegal to enter illegally one's own country?

In Né quelque part (an obscure French movie), the main character, a French citizen, is entering France illegally (on a boat with illegal immigrants). I am under the impression that a citizen cannot ...
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Why all caps first and last names in id cards / passports?

I am wondernig what is the reason, if any, that in the national identification cards the names (first and last) are written in ALL CAPS?
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Is e-whoring legal?

I have created a fake female identity on Internet, I have an Instagram and a Snapchat, and I'm selling "nudes", photos of the person (photos that I stole from a website). I already made around 400$ in ...
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Law regarding associations around the world [closed]

In Sweden there is something called law of association/association law (associationsrätt). An association (that is the word used in Swedish too) in this context is any cooperation between people. It ...
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Free english content, translation rights and fan translation

An editor published a free scenario for a role-playing game. The French editor possesses the translation rights for all the content of the game, free content included. Is it possible for the French ...
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Bank tell me it is safe to wait for real-estate loan offer

I'm trying to buy a real-estate and I have already signed a sales agreement. The bank tells me it is slow currently to print an "Offre de prêt" (loan offer), and has given an "Accord de prêt" ...
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French stance on intellectual property rights for content creatd by artificially intelligent entities

French intellectual property rights consider the "author" as the holder of intellectual property rights for their creation. Now, artificially intelligent, or creative, computers can generate content ...
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France, how long does a landlord have to give back caution if renovation are not the tenant's fault

I've recently moved out from my old place. After talking with my landlord after checking the state of the premise, he told me that he was gonna give me back my caution in a period of two month. At ...
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