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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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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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What is the state of intellectual property when the owner goes bankrupt?

A company makes a great game called "AwesomeGame" that costs 20€. They sell thousands of copies of the game, but ultimately go bankrupt. What is the status of the game at that point? Do any ...
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School tricking/forcing students to create content for school's website

A Computer Engineer school (which shall remain anonymous) has issued an assignment to almost every student, which is to produce a short (3-5min) tutorial of a given student-specific subject. The ...
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Bike locked to mine: am I allowed to cut through the lock on my own?

Bob locked his bike. Two hours after he found another bike locked to his. Is he allowed to cut through the lock that doesn't belong to him on his own? I am mostly interested in the following ...
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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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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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How much street space can restaurants occupy?

In Paris, France, what define how much street space can a restaurant occupy?
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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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Are remaining “paid leave” paid at the end internship in France?

I am a french student, during a six-month internship in France. Thus, my question is restricted to this country only. My contract gives me 5 days of paid leave. I have used only 3 until now. I will ...
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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 ...
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Is it legal to restrict employee restroom access?

I went to the toilet at least 4 time a day on my last job. However my boss would restrict access to the bathrooms after 4PM, saying that we could easily hold it until work ends at 5PM. Is that legal?...
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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 I ...
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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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Temporary French residency and foreign driving licenses

Residents of France who hold a non-EU, non-EEA license to drive may continue to use that license for up to one year after establishing residency, subject to certain conditions. The relevant law may ...
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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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What types of speed radar detectors are illegal in France?

I'm traveling in France, and I've been vaguely told that some radar detectors are illegal. What types of radar detectors are illegal in France? Ideally I'd like to know the sanctions as well. I'm ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Does any western European country prohibit its citizens from travelling to particular areas abroad?

In several countries, including European countries, there are public worries about citizens travelling to Syria. Although those press reports are not always precise, what is usually meant is people ...
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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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Could the teacher be liable if a student stole a chemical thinking it was dangerous?

I'm asking this question for my mother who is a science teacher in junior highschool in france. Recently during class one of her student (11 yo boy), let's call him Bob, stole a chemical that had ...
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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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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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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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Can I file a child custody claim in French court from abroad?

I am Pakistani citizen and my husband is living in France as a permanent resident. My husband has taken my children to France without my permission. I need to get custody of my children. Do I need to ...
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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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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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Is the owner of a company responsible for people getting injured on their premises?

To frame my question: Someone I know, who is retired and over 70 years old, went to a new health center (baths, jacuzzis, etc.). The floor was very slippery, and had no warning signs or handles. They ...
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How might this use of the Star Wars logo and universe be legal?

A French book about Star Wars recently came out, giving a psychological approach on the films and characters. The book doesn't contain images, but on the cover, the Star Wars logo is visible, and ...
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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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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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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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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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Can I be sued for posting a night picture of the Eiffel Tower under CC-BY-SA?

I am an American tourist visiting France, and take a picture of the Eiffel Tower at night, the tower being the main and central subject of the picture. Going back to the US, I upload this picture to ...
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does infraction for drugs possession by french custom, without criminal records prevents to enter USA for working

So context, I am high level educated and I get an opportunity for a dream job in USA, preliminary contact are good so I would say I got a 50/50 to get the job if I officially apply. But I mess ...
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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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Are pictures saved from snapchat illegal?

Is it illegal to save a picture from a snap/story of someone on the snapchat app? I just want to save a picture and keep it for myself, I'm not going to share it or put it on internet. Can the victim ...
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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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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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Losing job during first my first year in France!

Let's suppose I am a not europian asseding, and I gained a job permit to work in France from DIRECCTE. I worked for three months and the campany told me that they have to break my trial period due 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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Working on code with uncertain licensing at another company's behest

so the situation I want to ask you about is as follows: The Client Company has a project that is made of three parts: A front-end web app A back-office An API (back-end) The front/back parts were ...