France's Total faces corruption investigation

PARIS - (AP) A judge brought preliminary charges against Total SA over allegations the French oil giant bribed foreign officials as part of its role in the scandal-ridden U.N. oil-for-food program in Iraq. An investigating judge filed the preliminary charges as part of a long-running French investigation...

France opposes Iranian's extradition to US

PARIS - (AP) France on Wednesday voiced its opposition to a U.S. extradition request for an Iranian accused of evading export controls to purchase technology over the Internet to sell to Iran's military. The United States is seeking the extradition from France of Majid Kakavand, a 37-year-old...

Suspicion of polygamy stokes France's veil debate

PARIS - (APINTL) She was fined for driving a car with a veil covering all but her eyes. Now, her husband is suspected of polygamy. The situation appears to be a boon to President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is trying to rush through controversial legislation forbidding burqa-style Islamic veils that cover...

Panama's ex-dictator Noriega extradited to France

PARIS - (AP) Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega faced money laundering charges in a French courtroom Tuesday after being extradited from the United States, opening up a whole new legal battle for the strongman who spent two decades behind bars in Florida for drug trafficking. French authorities...

Germany, France demand binding aviation ash rules

BRUSSELS - (AP) Germany and France demanded binding rules Tuesday to determine when air space should be closed because of volcanic ash and when planes can be allowed to fly as European Union transport ministers held another emergency meeting on aviation. Last month's chaotic closures of much of...

French court refuses extradition of Iranian to US

PARIS - (AP) A French court rejected a high-profile extradition request from the United States on Wednesday, refusing to hand over an Iranian engineer accused of evading U.S. export controls to buy technology for military firms involved in Iran's nuclear program. The case of Majid Kakavand, 37...

French parliament lays groundwork for veil ban

PARIS - (APINTL) French lawmakers unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday asserting that face-covering Muslim veils are contrary to the principles of liberty, equality and fraternity on which France is founded. The non-binding resolution, passed 434 to 0, lays the groundwork for a planned law forbidding...

Spain: Basque separatist leader arrested in France

MADRID - (AP) French police arrested the leader of Basque separatist group ETA Thursday and his second in command, Spanish officials said, calling it an important blow but not a death knell for the violent organization. It was the sixth arrest of an ETA leader in two years. Four other people were...

French unions strike to keep right to retire at 60

PARIS - (AP) Strikes across France delayed flights, closed schools and frustrated commuters Thursday as workers protested government plans to raise the retirement age past 60 one of the lowest even in Europe. President Nicolas Sarkozy says retiring so young is now untenable given growing life spans...

Levasseur's "Louisiana Pocket Civil Code" Praised for Accessibility in RIDC Review!

LexisNexis' "Louisiana Pocket Civil Code" has recently received high praise for its overall utility and accessiblity in a review published in the prestigious Revue Internationale de Droit Comparé. The reviewer, Nabil Mouaffak, sees the Louisiana Pocket Civil Code as destined for...

France to raise retirement age from 60 to 62

PARIS - (APINTL) France will raise the retirement age from 60 to 62 in 2018 in an effort to get the country's spiraling public finances under control, the labor minister said Wednesday. Eric Woerth called the measure already strongly opposed by the opposition Socialist Party and labor unions a...

French parliament debates ban on burqa-style veils

PARIS - (AP) France's hotly debated bill to ban burqa-style Islamic veils in public is going before parliament, with President Nicolas Sarkozy's government casting the measure as a way to promote equality between the sexes and protect oppressed women. The bill being debated Tuesday is widely...

Britain, France, Germany urge EU emissions cuts

BERLIN - (AP) Britain, France and Germany are urging European Union nations to agree to a 30 percent cut in carbon emissions by 2020 in an effort to combat climate change. Britain's climate secretary, along with the environment ministers of France and Germany wrote in a joint letter published...

Western European Laws Toolbox

Western European Laws Toolbox Welcome to our Western European Laws Toolbox, our collection of laws and legal analysis for the nations of this important region. Please note that nations with an asterisk after their name are also members of the European Union and that you will want to visit our EU...

Civil Law & Mixed Jurisdictions Toolbox

For students of the law of all ages and lawyers faced with transactions involving foreign law in Civil Law or Mixed Jurisdictions perhaps for the first time, we at LexisNexis can provide you with fundamental tools and sources to enable you to grasp the concepts of non-common law based legal systems....

Roma trapped in misery as France demolishes camps

GENNEVILLIERS France (AP) - The camps weren't much to begin with: They had no electricity or running water. Grocery carts served as makeshift grills. Rats ran rampant and fleas gnawed on young and old alike. But they were home and they were better than the new Full version (available to lexis...