France: introduction of class actions expected in early 2014

On 2 May 2013, a ‘Consumer’ Bill was submitted to the French Council of Ministers aimed at improving the information provided to consumers and strengthening their contractual rights, as well as strengthening the powers of the enforcement authorities. The bill also provided for the introduction of class actions ‘à la française’ in the French Consumer Code.

The debate on the introduction of class actions is not recent in France. Over the years, several bills have been submitted without ever being adopted. The current bill was finally adopted by the French National Assembly on 3 July 2013 and subsequently modified by the French Senate on 13 September 2013. It will now be submitted one more time to each assembly with a final adoption expected in early 2014…

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