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Questions tagged [france]

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Removing my personal data ex-employer (RGPD/GPDR ?)

I work and live in France. I worked for a company last year but I quit working there months ago. Since I left, they still have not have removed some data accessible on the internet, like my first name/...
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Why would someone get a fine when using a disabled parking space when the disabled person is not in the car?

An article in LA Times about someone parking on a disabled parking space without the disabled person being in the car: (...) I saw a woman pull into a disabled parking space and begin to exit her ...
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Expert trying to blame me for an accident

First off, this is happening in France (although any advice is welcome). Last December, as I was driving home on my motorbike, a car suddenly changed lanes and cut me off. Despite trying my best to ...
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Is it illegal to have a dashcam on a bike in France?

Is it illegal to film my daily travel to work on my bike in France? Am I allowed to post some sequences on social media? Can it be used as a proof if an accident happens?
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What does a trial for Terrorism look like in France?

I'm a writer, and need help for a book that takes place in Paris. According to the Wikipedia page, the Assize for Terrorism is 'special' and has 9 Judges with a president. There wasn't any further ...
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What protocol is used in the case of Pleading Insanity?

I'm a writer, and in this chapter, the defendant is on trial for acts of terrorism. But he is pleading insanity, with no psychological evaluation because "his actions speak for themselves." What ...
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Deposit Return after date extension not met

I am in a situation where I paid a 500 euro deposit for a place in a creche which was due to commence at the beginning of October. After that date came and went we emailed the owner to ask what was ...
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Do French labor laws allow for the firing of employees for scheduling disagreements?

I'm doing research on the effect of highly restrictive working conditions on poverty. More specifically, I'm investigating how a number of low-skill, shift-work jobs in the United States, like fast ...
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In France, is it illicit to use a recorded content as a proof, when the person was recorded without knowing it?

I remember hearing more than once from unofficial sources (and from people whose main domain isn't law) that you can't use a recording as a proof at the court, if said recording wasn't taken with the ...
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How to have a refund after buying on internet

I was victim of a scam on the website "leboncoin"(in France similar to ebay), I wanted to buy a second hand phone. After several SMS and a phone call, the seller seemed quite correct but after making ...
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Rights of access to a landlocked plot - le droit de désenclavement

I have a question about Rights of Access in France. I've read that landlocked land can be accessed via 'the shortest possible route' but I'm not clear whether that always means 'shortest distance to ...
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Le Petit Prince and the public domain status in France

Trying to reply in this question, I found this interesting link: https://www.communia-association.org/2015/01/23/the-little-prince-almost-in-the-public-domain/ This is a 2016 article talking about ...
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Disabled fiancée is harassed by her father and I'm a witness. Am I an accomplice from not helping?

Quick context summary: I've been with my fiancée for years. Although we call ourselves as such, we are not legally married nor recognised as a couple. We're living around 500 kilometres/311 miles ...
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Witnessing a theft in France

When I witness a theft, for example, a pickpocket in a busy RER, am I bound by law to report the theft? Am I required/protected by law to defend the victim/intervene in the act?
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Am I able to work in Germany but live in an overseas area of France?

There are a lot of areas which are basically 'France' but are not actually in the country. For example caribean islands etc. (Overseas France) In my job I am not physically bound to any specific ...
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Do I have to declare my cameras to the CNIL?

Do I have to declare my CCTV system to the CNIL (Commission nationale de l'informatique et des libertés, which translates to "National Committee for IT and Liberties") if they are placed on a private ...
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Is it possible to sue a hacker based on his mail?

Some friend of mine got his mailbox hacked yesterday, meaning his entire contactlist received mails from him saying something like: I'm in a bad period in my life, I really feel sad, please mail me ...
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What department in France is responsible for searching citizens physical address?

We have a court case in Russia and one of defendants is citizen of France and currently living in France. So, which official department in France can find physical address of citizen by official ...
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Reproduce some website ideas on my own opensource project

I am a developer and I recently came accross a website to practice my development environment skills. This website has a premium access policy and rather than paying, I would like to develop my own ...
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Street cleaning in France led to broken leg - Can City be sued?

My brother is Irish (thus EU citizen) he moved to Nice, France earlier this year to work in a bar restaurant. He finished work at 530am, street cleaners were out (Nice City power wash/clean many ...
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Can anyone issue a bill regarding damage identified in your former appartment?

I left my old appartement 2 months ago, I just received the regulation regarding the charges, rent, repairs and security deposit. As the title mention it, there were some costs due to cleaning of ...
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Ex wife moving out the country with my daughters

My ex-wife is planning to move out of the country (to France) next year with my daughters (12 and 10 years old respectively). We have shared custody. I pay alimony (been paying for 7 years, 3 more to ...
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Is a renter of a room in France required by law to provide a proof of residence?

In France every resident is required to possess a proof of residence, which must be a utility bill and a declaration by the landlord if the bill is not in the person's name. French landlords often don'...
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France: is it the same copyright principle?

After reading this: https://www.joelonsoftware.com/2016/12/09/developers-side-projects/ I'm stuck with this: Well… maybe. In the United States, if you hired Sarah as a contractor, she still owns ...
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Is it legal to copy website design?

Is it legal to copy a website design? I'm a developer not a designer, and I found a very cool website. I made an exact replica of the website every shape, navigation is in the same place that the ...
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France: Is it illegal to take videos of the police?

While in France, I was taking video of a police operation (they were evicting some squatters in caravans from a field, about 50 of them). One of the police officers quickly approached me and asked me ...
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Catherine Middleton topless pictures ruling - why €100k in damages?

As currently reported in the press, Catherine Middleton (the Duchess of Cambridge) sued the French magazine Closer for publishing topless photos of her sun-bathing, and she and her husband were ...
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What would be the consequence of unpaid debt to a French company to a British person?

I live in the Scotland. Leaving out the details, I (allegedly) owe some money to a French company under a contract in French law. If I did not pay this money and was taken to court in France and lost, ...
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Use of public DNS servers for private DDOS stress test

I read on this Cloudflare's blog post that hackers use misconfigured DNS servers to amplify their attacks. The principle is to flood the DNS with queries, and "ask" the DNS to forward their answer to ...
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Is it illegal to possess a counterfeit national ID card without actually using it?

I just came across a lost counterfeit French national ID card on a bus with my name, photo and correct personal details. I am fairly sure about who created or ordered it (without my permission) My ...
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Can heirs keep living in the house of a missing person before death is known or assumed?

Suppose someone went missing and no body is found, nor any other sign of what became of her. I believe in France it takes 10 years before a missing person is assumed dead when there's no actual proof ...
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Is the French president empowered to withdraw France from NATO without the support of parliament?

Is the President of the French Fifth Republic empowered to invoke Article 13 of the NATO treaty, thereby bringing about the cessation of French membership of NATO a year later, without the support of ...
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Shopkeeper obligation to show taxed price

I have recently take a lunch in a pub (in France) and when i have buy a sandwich there was a 15% tax because i choose the "on the spot" formula. This tax wasn't indicated anywhere in the pub. Is this ...
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Driving damaged car in France

I am thinking about buying a car which I plan to drive around the French-Swiss border, maybe around Italy too. However, the car I found has quite visible damage from something which might look as a ...
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Does being engaged (to be married) carry any legal significance?

Being married carries specific legal consequences, e.g. spouses typically are treated differently under tax law, divorce property law, inheritance law, have rights regarding medical visitation and ...
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French copyright law for posthumous works (a book)

I'm wondering how French copyright law would apply to a book which was first published in 1952 and whose author died in 1944. I understand that under French copyright law works are protected for 70 ...
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Electronic signature in France

In France, the Article 1316-3 (mirror) created by Law n°2000-230 on March 13, 2000 - art. 3 JORF March 14 2000 says that: "L'écrit sur support électronique a la même force probante que l'écrit sur ...
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Is it legal to cross the channel in a private rowing boat or sailing boat?

To go to France, you have to show your passport. I don't know how exactly that works if you swim across... but in any case, if you can (physically) swim across, then rowing or sailing across must be (...
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Will I have problems if I accept two job offers in two different EU countries?

I am non-European and I have never lived in France. I recently got a job offer from a company in France and I signed it. A few weeks later, I received another job offer from a company in Germany. ...
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Can I legally sleep in the street in France?

Can I legally sleep in the street in France? Assume my location does not perturb traffic circulation, i.e. I am on the pavement, or the road is only used by pedestrians.
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What Wi-FI SSID names are forbidden in France?

I have many Wi-Fi networks located in France and got quite concerned reading that an 18-year-old man from Dijon (France) was convicted for "praising terrorism" and was given a suspended sentence of ...
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Retraction right in France vs. Creative Commons

Creative Commons (CC) licenses are known to be irrevocable. The documentation even contains a paragraph named "What if I change my mind about using a CC license ?". Recently, I have encountered that ...
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French law or regulation around review process for large construction.

Writing a paper on the terminal 2e collapse and one of the issues identified was a distinction made between large civil engineering works (bridges etc) and buildings, and the different review process ...
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Is it possible to put under guardianship someone who is not impaired?

My brother-in-law have a track record of loss of documents, debt, and is otherwise unable to ensure his own self-being or manage his property. While searching for solution, I came accross "Mise sous ...
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Is the Loi Lamine Gueye- law n ° 46-940 of May 7, 1946 enacted by the French Parliament of any relevance today?

Is Loi Lamine Gueye- law n ° 46-940 of May 7, 1946, the law granting citizenship rights to nationals of the French colonies active today? How many countries(former French colonies) had annulled this ...
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Can I shield my home from cell phone radiations

Say I live close to a cell phone relay and have measured a radiation level that I deem may be dangerous to me or my children. Say I build myself a faraday cage/wave screen around my house, ...
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Could someone who participated in a legal execution in the USA be arrested for murder in France?

According to Wikipedia France is the most visited country in the world. At the same time, the USA is still practicing the death penalty. For example, 28 people were executed in 2015. For each ...
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Can I legally share online a picture of police officers interacting with individuals in a public place in France?

Is it legal to share online an unblurred picture of police officers interacting with individuals (e.g., to discuss, taze or make an arrest) in a public place in France?
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Are diving suits outlawed in Cannes, France?

The mayor of Cannes, France has recently outlawed the burqini from public beaches. I'm an underwater diver. When I heard this news, I had no clue what a burqini looked like. I was quite stunned when ...
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What could be the consequences of a “Joke wedding” in a foreign country?

Context : Two of my friends, both French citizens, have a PACS. PACS is a form of civil union that can be "upgraded" to a marriage, but not "downgraded" from one. They are planning a three weeks ...