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French LawA Comparative Approach$
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Eva Steiner

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198790884

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198790884.001.0001

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Legislation and the Constitutional Framework

Legislation and the Constitutional Framework

(p.3) 1 Legislation and the Constitutional Framework
French Law

Eva Steiner

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the main constitutional institutions and mechanism governing France, taking into account the major overhaul of the 1958 Constitution in 2008. It also shows that legislation is the primary source of law in France, that there are different types of legislation, and that legislative sources are organised hierarchically. Moreover, the chapter also considers, within the constitutional framework, the legislative process and examines the way in which bills are drafted. It also seeks to familiarise readers with the layout of a French statute. In addition, this chapter shows that much of French law though not all of it is codified. Codification is a particular legislative technique common to most civil law systems.

Keywords:   constitutional institutions, 1958 Constitution, French legislation, constitutional framework, legislative process, French legislative drafting, French law, codification

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