A contract is deemed to be in breach if at least one obligation has not been performed or has been delayed, unless it is due to an external cause not attributable to the party. The breach of contract must have caused damage to the contractual partner. French courts may order compensation for various damages such as property damage, non-material damage or bodily injury. Force majeure, literally translated from French, means superior force. In English, the term is often used in accordance with its literal French meaning, but it also has other uses, including one rooted in a French principle of law. In business circles, “force majeure” describes uncontrollable events (such as war, work stoppages or extreme weather conditions) that are not the fault of a party and that make it difficult or impossible to conduct business normally. A company may include a force majeure clause in a contract to exempt itself from liability if it is unable to perform the terms of a contract for reasons beyond its control (or if the attempt to do so results in loss of or damage to the goods). In all cases, in order to assume the contractual liability of a party, a contracting party must prove a breach of contract that caused it damage. Unless otherwise provided by law, proof may be provided by any means.

Nevertheless, any contractual obligation exceeding € 1,500 must be proven by a direct or public act, unless: The requirements for the execution of an order differ depending on whether the obligation was based on the result or on the best load. In the first case, the applicant only has to prove that the obligation has not been fulfilled. In the second case, the claimant must prove that his contractual partner did not perform the contract as well as possible or was negligent or not diligent enough. This chapter examines contract law in France and discusses the landmark reform of French contract law. While this new legislation creates a new balance between the contracting parties and improves the accessibility and legal certainty of contracts, it does not fundamentally change the legal situation in this area. Moreover, it does not affect the traditional philosophical foundations of contract law much. In short, the reform looks more like a clean-up than a profound change in the law. It is therefore questionable whether the new law, which should also increase the attractiveness of France in the context of a global market dominated by ordinary law, will live up to its promise. A causal link between the breach of contract and the damage must be demonstrated, i.e. the damage must be the direct and immediate consequence of the non-performance of the contract. Nevertheless, a participatory process was introduced in 2010, partly inspired by the discovery model.

Under this plan, the parties may agree not to go to court, at least for the duration of their agreement, and instead cooperate with their lawyers to find an amicable settlement to their dispute. In such contexts, the parties must contractually regulate the conditions for their exchange of evidence. However, a debtor is liable only for damage that was or could have been foreseeable at the time of the conclusion of the contract, unless the debtor`s default is due to its own gross negligence or fraud. Specific obligations of the parties may be provided for in sectoral laws, as is the case, for example, for sales contracts. Indeed, a buyer benefits from protections such as a guarantee against eviction, a guarantee against hidden defects, a commitment of correct delivery and a claim for product liability. The applicant who requests the performance of an obligation must prove this. Similarly, a person claiming to be exempt from an obligation must prove the payment or event that caused the extinguishment of his obligation. “The lexology is excellent and I look forward to reading it every day.

It`s great! Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP These sample phrases are automatically selected from various online information sources to reflect the current use of the word “force majeure”. The views expressed in the examples do not represent the views of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us your feedback. Under French law, there is no investigation. The law can make assumptions about certain actions or facts. These presumptions are considered simple, mixed or irrebuttable.