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Article 2(1) – Transmitting agencies

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Article 2(1) - Transmitting agencies

In France, the transmitting agencies are the bailiffs (huissiers de justice) and court registrars (greffes des tribunaux).

Article 2(2) – Receiving agencies

Article 2(2) - Receiving agencies

In France, only the bailiffs are receiving agencies.

Article 2(4)(c) – Means of receipt of documents

Documents must be sent by post.

Article 2(4)(d) – Languages that may be used for the completion of the standard form set out in Annex I

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France will accept the standard request form in Annex I if it is completed in French or one of the following languages: English, German, Italian or Spanish.

Article 3 – Central body

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The central body is the Office for Judicial Cooperation in Civil and Commercial Matters (Bureau de l’entraide judiciaire civile et commerciale).

Address:

Ministère de la Justice (Ministry of Justice)

Direction des Affaires Civiles et du Sceau

Bureau du droit de l'Union, du droit international privé et de l'entraide civile (BDIP)

13 Place Vendôme

F-75042 Paris Cedex 01, FRANCE

Tel.: + 33 1 44 77 61 05

Fax: + 33 1 44 77 61 22

Email: Entraide-civile-internationale@justice.gouv.fr

Languages: French and English.

Article 4 – Transmission of documents

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France will accept the standard request form in Annex I if it is completed in French or one of the following languages: English, German, Italian or Spanish.

Articles 8(3) and 9(2) – Particular periods set by national law for serving documents

Pursuant to French law, a document must be served within a particular period, as indicated in Articles 8(3) and 9(2).

Article 10 – Certificate of service and copy of the document served

The certificate of service or copy of the document served may be completed in French or one of the following languages: English, German, Italian or Spanish.

Article 11 – Costs of service

The fixed fee for service by a bailiff is EUR 48.75 (order (arrêté) of 26 February 2016). This fee must be paid when the documents are served, unless the applicant is receiving legal aid.

Article 13 – Service by diplomatic or consular agents

France is opposed to another Member State serving judicial documents on French territory through consular or diplomatic channels unless the person to be served with the document is a national of that Member State.

Article 15 – Direct service

France is not opposed to direct service as provided for in Article 15(1).

Article 19 – Defendant not entering an appearance

Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 1, a French judge may give judgment if all the conditions laid down in paragraph 2 are met.

An application for relief as provided for in paragraph 4 must be filed within one year of the decision.

Article 20 – Agreements or arrangements to which Member States are parties and which comply with the conditions in Article 20(2)

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Last update: 01/02/2019

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