France and the European protection of human rights

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Is France playing the game of the European conventional human rights system? After reminding us that France agreed quite late the European guarantee of human rights protection, this paper endeavours to give a reply to this question by opting for a double analysis axis. The first axis deals with the government’s exterior legal policy, choosing for every case whether to approve absolutely the protocols to the European Human Rights Convention. The second axis deals with the judicial policy of judges, whom we know that they are the common law judges of the Convention and must, therefore, enforce both the text of the Convention and the case law of the European Court. – Summary AFRI-2005