France and Court of Justice of the European Communities

Abstract

France is, from the perspective of constitutional treaties, strictly equal to other member States regarding its place and role within the ECJ, yet it benefits from a specific status thanks to a certain number of historical or geographic vantages (its seniority, geographic proximity, the importance of the French language…). Moreover, whether it is pursuer, defendant or intervening party, France is well-represented. Yet, it largely ignores the European Court of Justice : unrecognized for its functioning and competence, the ECJ is neglected by legal professionals and political leaders are not interested in it. Although this assessment does not only apply to the European Court of Justice, but also to the other community institutions, France must remedy such a situation.

AFRI 2007 Summary