France

Officially known as the French Republic, France is comprised of the territory of metropolitan France and smaller overseas regions and territories; including, French Guiana in South America and smaller islands in the Indian, Atlantic, and Pacific Oceans, make up the French Republic.

The country has long been known as a global center of art, science, and philosophy. Today, over 83 million tourists visit the country annually, making it the most visited country in the world. The country has the fifth largest economy based on nominal GDP, and the ninth largest purchasing power parity (PPP). Health, education, human development, and life expectancy rates, are all areas which the country performs well in, on international rankings. France is also one of the five permanent members, with the power to veto, of United Nations Security Council, making it one of the great global-powers. It is also an official nuclear state.

France is a leading member of the European Union and Eurozone. It is a member of NATO, the WTO, Group of 7, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. France relies on civil legal systems to govern the country. The country is governed by statutes, and judges don’t make law, but simply enforce it in the country. The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen strongly govern the country, with the belief that laws should be used to prohibit actions which are detrimental to society.

 

As a founding member of the United Nations, the country has strong diplomatic ties with many nations. The country is a major hub for international trade, and is the world headquarters for many headquarters for organizations including OECD, Interpol, and UNESCO. The country has close ties with reunified Germany; the country has also maintained the "Entente cordiale" with the United Kingdom. The French economy is strongly driven by its trade market. 31 of the the world’s 500 largest organizations are located in France, meaning the country is ranked fourth in the Fortune 500 worldwide. Financial services, the insurance sector, banking, and the Stock Exchange, are all major economic-drivers for the country. In 2007, Euronext (French Stock Exchange) merged with the NYSE in the US, making it a part of the world’s largest market.

Areas of French law addressed include: mergers and acquisitions; private equity; banking and finance; derivatives and market infrastructure; projects and infrastructure: restructuring and insolvency; real estate; environmental, nanotechnology, health and safety; pharma, tax; E.U. and French competition law; French public and administrative law; commercial litigation; global disputes; intellectual property; information technology, cybersecurity and data protection; supply chain; block chain;  employment law and benefits and other legal concerns.  Our French legal news includes matters of concern to a number of industries, including automotive, oil and gas, energy, tech companies, mining, chemicals, nanomaterials, pharma, financial services, telecommunications and many more.

The NLR covers legal news concerning:

  • the French Supreme Court;
  • International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID);
  • Euronext Paris;
  • CFIUS Filings;
  • EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR);
  • the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL);
  • the French Competition Authority;
  • the French National Drug and Health Product Agency  (ANSM);
  • the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR); 
  • the French Monetary and Financial Code; 
  • the French financial markets authority Autorité des marchés financiers; 
  • the French Minister of the Economy;
  • French Law relating to Transparency, the Fight against Corruption and Modernization of Economic Life, (Sapin II Law);
  • the Autorité de contrôle prudentiel et de resolution;
  • the French Treasury and French supervisors (Banque de France, Autorité de contrôle prudentiel et de resolution, and Autorité des marches financiers) and the interaction between French law and E.U., U.S.and other jurisdictions legal systems.
Custom text Title Organization
May
24
2024
United States | State Department Notes Visa Delays at US Embassy Paris Berry Appleman & Leiden
May
23
2024
Episode 75: Student Visa Trends, Call for Permanent DACA Solution, Significant Visa Delays in France [Podcast] Berry Appleman & Leiden
May
20
2024
Extended Screening of Foreign Investment in France: A Risk of Incompatibility with Company Law? McDermott Will & Emery
May
15
2024
U.S. Consular Operations in France Impacted by the 2024 Summer Olympics, 80th Anniversary of D-Day Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
May
10
2024
The BR International Trade Report: May 2024 Blank Rome LLP
May
7
2024
French Insider Episode 31: Covid, Culture, and Growth: Inside French Morning’s Journey with Romain Poirot of French Morning and Frenchly [Podcast] Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
May
7
2024
Food & Chemicals Unpacked: Much Ado About TiO2 [Podcast] Keller and Heckman LLP
May
2
2024
The BR Privacy & Security Download: May 2024 Blank Rome LLP
Apr
15
2024
France’s Arkema S.A. Sues Shanghai Huayi Group Co., Ltd. for 430 Million RMB Patent Infringement Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A.
Mar
28
2024
CNIL Publishes Latest Edition of Its Practice Guide for the Security of Personal Data Hunton Andrews Kurth
Mar
16
2024
French Insider Episode 30: The Whatnots of Immigrating and Business Travel in the U.S. with Greg Berk, Partner at Sheppard Mullin [Podcast] Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Feb
21
2024
Impact of the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics on Visa Appointments Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Feb
16
2024
United States | France Passport Renewal Urged for 2024 Paris Olympics Berry Appleman & Leiden
Feb
15
2024
Global Food Products Company Sued Over Single-Use Plastics Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Feb
13
2024
Important Changes to French Labor Law in 2024 K&L Gates
Feb
9
2024
CNIL Publishes 2024 Investigation Focus Plan Hunton Andrews Kurth
Jan
31
2024
It Takes Two to Tango: Gilstrap Frames Implementer Holdout as Bad Faith Justifying “Suspension” of SEP Licensing Discussions Mintz
Jan
19
2024
France | Olympic Consulate Begins Operations Berry Appleman & Leiden
Jan
16
2024
Exodus From The Energy Charter Treaty – What is Left of Europe’s Protections for Investors? Proskauer Rose LLP
Jan
11
2024
France | Minimum Wage Increased Berry Appleman & Leiden
Jan
9
2024
CNIL Opens Consultation on Transfer Impact Assessment Guide Hunton Andrews Kurth
Dec
26
2023
China | Visa-free Entry Scheme Expanded to Six Additional Countries Berry Appleman & Leiden
Dec
20
2023
Noteworthy Trends in French White Collar Crime Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
Dec
8
2023
Visa-Free Entry Scheme Expanded to Six Additional Countries Berry Appleman & Leiden
Dec
6
2023
China Expands Visa-Free Access for Six Countries: France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Malaysia Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Nov
27
2023
CNIL Fines Canal+ Over Marketing and Data Security Concerns Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Nov
14
2023
Simplified Sanction Procedure Used by the CNIL To Sanction Geolocation and Video Surveillance of Employees in France Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
Nov
14
2023
Paid Leave in France: New Rules Applicable K&L Gates
Nov
10
2023
PFAS and WHO: Major Conference This Week Will Impact Litigation CMBG3 Law
Nov
6
2023
Commercial Leases - First Semester 2023 Case Laws Digest K&L Gates
Nov
2
2023
Attention! Important New Decision on Accrual of Paid Leave in France Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
Oct
31
2023
Two Significant AI Announcements: Spooky for AI Developers? Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
Oct
31
2023
CNIL Fines Groupe Canal+ 600,000 Euros For Direct Marketing and GDPR Infringements Hunton Andrews Kurth
Oct
27
2023
French Parliament Takes Steps to Regulate NFT Games K&L Gates
Oct
26
2023
Court Rules Taxpayer Can Offset Foreign Tax Credits With NIIT Liability Under Tax Treaty McDermott Will & Emery
 

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