FYI France

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by Jack Kessler,

February 15, 2014 issue. This file presents an archive copy of the issue of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which was distributed via email on February 15, 2014.

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Versions of the following have appeared online regularly, since 1992, as a feature of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which is distributed for free via email every month except August. Ejournal subscriptions may be obtained via email request to:

Here this file is one of a number made available -- hopefully attractively, all in one place, and relevant to libraries and online digital information work in France and Europe -- as part of FYI France (sm)(tm), an online service to which anyone can subscribe for 12 months by postal mailing a check for US $45, payable to Jack Kessler, to PO Box 460668, San Francisco, California, USA 94146 (site licenses also are available): please write your email address on the front of your check. And you can pay via PayPal, on the FYI France homepage:

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FYI France: useful French Law outline online, & la francophonie


A n excellent and very useful introduction to French law -- and particularly to some interesting French "foreign" law, "la francophonie" law -- appears online now at,

-- the presentation consists of 76 attractive and simple slides offering, outline-style, the way the French legal system works, what must be considered and what may not be, the similarities and differences with other legal systems-non-French, those allied and those not-so.

For any librarian or lawyer or consultant or teacher this is a very useful tool: here, in one location, is the entire elaborate & elegant French système presented in an attractive format -- how many times have we sat on airplanes or TGVs scribbling-out our own such outlines, hurriedly, for some imminent event, worrying over it and wondering what we've left out -- now here it all is, just throw it up there on the screen and then, "let's discuss...".

The slides offer good talking points, interesting bibliography, and very useful online links -- it is much to be hoped that M. Adreani and his Paris-Sud collaborateurs will include even more references and particularly more links, as this format is ideal for on-the-go reading, although the designers' current balance between clarity and information-overload-clutter is a good one and deserves staunch defending.

The slides are written in French: but it's an outline, so the heading-terms will be recognizable to anyone not fluently francophone who generally is familiar with the topic -- and in translation it always is better to leave such heading-terms alone, anyway, there being few things more frustrating to a tourist arriving in France with a machine-translated guidebook pointing only to "Mechanical Museum", for "Musée méchanique"... you look up at local street signs or at local maps and indexes, and the thing is nowhere ...

So! Visitez! The more of us who do, the more we will know both the French and ourselves better.


And a general Note:

It's a trans-national law world, already -- most of us in finance & hitech & biotech & auto-assembly & with-grown-children understand this -- the old legal positivist threats still are out there, and still will require international law on occasion, perennially and sadly-so as currently folks in Damascus will attest -- but the trans-national dominates our normal daily work-lives, now, those contracts and forex and commercial arbitrations, and that family law and all those matters-environmental, the old national law structures are inadequate or irrelevant in many legal arenas already.

Fitting everything in, though, to any given fact situation, is more complex than ever:

French law in a francophone world, then -- and foreign law in a trans-national world -- the world grows more fair, but also smaller and more confusing. And small and confusing places become tinder boxes, flashpoints for armed conflict because the old rules no longer work -- Sarajevo, Fukushima, Pearl Harbor and Nanking and Mukden and Gaza, Tripoli, Caracas, Cairo -- and, as in Damascus today, one of the world's longest-inhabited places, none of this ever is new, and the problems are entirely-predictable, this could become chaos.

So we all need to study one another's laws, to figure out where the compromises might be made, before we are forced to make them. Kudos then to this excellent effort at Paris-Sud.


Jack Kessler,



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