A recent case – there is no need to mention the name of the person involved since the media have extensively echoed the accusations made by boy scout victims of sexual abuses by a priest in the 1980’s and at the beginning of 1991 following the recent indictment of such priest on charges of sexual assaults – has moved public opinion.
Plaintiffs claim that their Bishop had been timely informed of the turpitudes of the priest and blame him for failing to alert the judicial authorities on the threat posed by the priest in the performance of his parish duties.
Ordinance of February 10, 2016 for the reform of French contract law that will become effective on October 1, 2016 introduces in the French Civil Code a number of new principles that are expected to significantly change the role of the judge in the resolution of disputes between contracting parties.
Particular attention should be given to the public policy character of the parties’ obligation to negotiate and perform the contract in good faith, the parties’ duty to provide information upon conclusion of the contract – a duty that they may neither restrict nor exclude – and the doctrine of imprévision (unforeseeability) that empowers the judge to revise or terminate a contract wherever an unforeseeable change of circumstances renders the performance of the contract excessively onerous for a party.
We were deeply moved by the many messages we received from all over the world in the hours that followed the terrible attacks that took place in Paris on November 13.
All of these messages expressed a feeling of unity, beyond cultural differences. And this is precisely what differentiates us from the barbarians who perpetrated these attacks and from their sponsors: Culture.
Much has been said about the resistances of French society to major industrial and technological revolutions.
A little book in praise of Barthélémy Thimonnier, the inventor of the sewing machine, given to me by the CEO of the company Thimonnier, is a reminder that fear of change and temptation of inaction can resurface wherever an innovation is likely to upset the order of things.
I felt I should share with you the brilliant lesson in political economy published by Barthélémy Thimonnier in the Journal de Villefranche on September 28, 1845 in response to a letter from a reader who had described his invention as a “public calamity”.
At the beginning of the summer, we announced the launch of our new website that comprises two full sites in French and English and seven satellite sites in other languages. Jean-Luc Soulier tells us more about the rationale of this multilingual project.
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