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- French High Court Says City Must Ban Burkinis In Municipal Pools
CNN reports that on Tuesday, France’s highest administrative court, the Council of State, held that the city of Grenoble cannot permit Muslim women to wear the full-length “burkini” bathing suit in its municipal swimming pools. The court said that doing so would compromise principles of religious neutrality and “the equal treatment of users.” The court went...
- Implementation of the EU Whistleblowing Directive in France: latest position
France already has fairly extensive legislative protection in place for whistleblowers under its “Sapin II” law, with certain private and public organisations required to operate whistleblowing schemes, but the scope of this protection is being expanded to ensure compliance with the EU Whistleblowing Directive. Legislation to that effect was supposed to go live in each...
- U.S.-EU Trade and Tech Council: Paris Takeaways and Next Steps
Last month, the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council (TTC) met in Paris-Saclay for the second time since its launch in June 2021. (The first ministerial took place in Pittsburgh in September. France hosted this session as holder of the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU.) The meeting was co-chaired by Secretary of State...
- France and UK most affected in Ferrero Salmonella outbreak; one case in U.S.
France and the United Kingdom have the most patients in the Ferrero chocolate Salmonella outbreak that has sickened almost 450 people. The UK has 122 monophasic Salmonella Typhimurium patients. Santé publique France reported that as of June 2, there were 118 sick people in the country. This is up from the 81 cases reported on...
- Santé Publique: Buitoni Pizza E. coli outbreak over in France after 75 sickened, 41 with HUS with 2 deaths
As of 04/05/2022, 56 confirmed cases have been identified, of which 54 are linked to STEC O26 strains, and 2 to STEC O103 strains. These 56 cases occurred in 55 children and 1 adult, who presented symptoms between 18/01/2022 (week 3) and 05/04/2022 (week 14) (Figure 1). The epidemic peak is in week 7 (14/02...
- Santé Publique reports at least 118 Salmonella illnesses linked to Kinder Chocolates
International outbreak of salmonellosis in young children linked to the consumption of Kinder brand products. Update in France as of June 2, 2022. Update on 06/02/22 following the recall of several Kinder range products manufactured in a factory in Belgium due to suspected contamination by Salmonella Typhimurium . Non-typhoidal salmonellosis is an infectious disease caused...
- Copyright Small Claims Board, here we go!
Breaking Copyright News – Copyright Claims Board (CCB) is set to take its first infringement filing on June 16, 2022. So, what will it be? A photo infringement case by AP, Reuters, or Agence France Presse? A fabric design infringement (Etsy dispute), infringement of a jewelry design or architectural plan, or good old-fashioned music or...
- Foodwatch complaint targets Nestlé and Ferrero
A consumer watchdog has filed a complaint against Nestlé and Ferrero in relation to recent E. coli and Salmonella outbreaks involving the companies. In the action, Foodwatch France lists seven offences including placing on the market products harmful to health and failure to implement procedures to withdraw or recall such a product, endangering the lives...
- Lyon, France- the CCF’s session schedule, response times, and decisions
Schedule for the remainder of 2022 The CCF’s April 2022 session has passed, and the Commission’s decisions from that session are being delivered to applicants and their attorneys. If a pending case was not heard during this last session, it may be heard during one of the two remaining sessions this year, which are listed...
- France Asks Providers to Give Updated R-Nano Declaration Numbers to Customers upon Request
The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) has posted “important information” for the 2022 reporting period under R-Nano, France’s national reporting scheme for substances in nanoparticle form. ANSES states that it is asking providers to give an updated declaration number to their customers upon request, “even if they have no...
- The science behind Shigella infections
Researchers in France believe they have discovered how Shigella is able to cause human illness. According to an article in the Post Chronicle, written by the United Press International, and published at the Iowa State University Extension Food Safety News Web site: “Laurence Arbibe and colleagues...
- Three African Heads of State Sued For Hiding Assets
A “Misappropriated Public Assets” civil petition in France claims that the presidents of Gabon, Congo Brazzaville and Equatorial Guinea are likely hiding assets. The “Misappropriated Public Assets” petition against the three heads of state was filed December 2, 2008 by both Transparency...
- France debates Nanotech
The French Commission of Public Debates (CPDP) launches a nationwide series of pubic debates on nanotechnology, beginning in Strasbourg Tuesday 10/13/2009 and ending in Paris on 02/23/2010. Each debate will focus on a different theme; the initial debate in Strasbourg will focus on EU regulation of...
- Asset Search News Roundup: July 28, 2010
This “Asset Search News Roundup” features France’s richest woman; a retired Orlando police officer; and actor Wesley Snipes: “Police question French heiress over scandal” reports that France’s richest woman,L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, is suspected of hiding assets from French tax...
- Non EU-based Companies Using French Data Processors for Payroll, Customers and Prospects Data Exempted from Prior Notification
In a decision published on February 16, 2011 (Deliberation No. 2011-023), the French data protection authority (CNIL) exempted non EU-based companies from any prior notification obligation with regard to their payroll, customer and prospects data processed in France. This exemption will be of...
- Sprouts Implicated in E. coli Outbreak in France
As many as 10 people may be sick in southwestern France in an outbreak of foodborne illness once again linked to sprouts. Press reports say preliminary lab tests indicate that two of the people are infected with E. coli O104, the same strain that has caused more than 3,800 illnesses and at least 45 ...
- Outbreak: German Task Force's Findings
European health officials tested more than 10,000 samples of food but never found any contaminated with the deadly E. coli O104:H4 that has caused nearly 4,000 illnesses and at least 44 deaths in the outbreaks in France and Germany linked to Egyptian fenugreek sprouting seeds. A presentation on...
- Spanish War Ship Sunk Since 1804, And Its Cargo, Immune from Suit in U.S. Under FSIA
Odessey Marine Exploration, Inc. v. The Unidentified Shipwrecked Vessel, et al., No. 10-10269 (11th Cir. Sept. 2011), offers a glimpse into the fascinating world of maritime jurisdiction of the federal courts, 200+-year old old shipwrecks of Spanish war ships, wars between England and France,...
- ‘Sunshine Act’ à la française adopted on 29 December 2011. Healthcare and cosmetics companies will be subject to a tough transparency regulation in France
A new rule, adopted on 29 December 2011 and published on 30 December 2011 after an unusually expedited procedure due to strong government pressure, will heavily modify the regulatory framework in which healthcare companies, but also to some extent cosmetics companies, operate in France. Besides...
- CoE Conference Addresses Law Enforcement in the Cloud
The Council of Europe's 2012 Octopus Cybercrime conference closed today in Strasbourg, France. Hogan Lovells partner Winston Maxwell presented the firm's white paper on government access to data in the cloud. This blog contains links to the conference materials....