Reports highlight excessive pre-trial detention in recent years. French laws allowing ordre public (the concept of ‘offence to public opinion’) to be taken into account in decisions imposing pre-trial detention may contravene Article 5 (read our communiqué on pre-trial detention in France).

We reported a number of cases, including Deborah Dark, subject to an extradition request for a 20-year-old conviction she knew nothing about.

The Open Society Justice Initiative has highlighted concerns that the role of lawyers during police questioning remains restricted, despite recent reforms intended to bring France in line with ECtHR requirements.

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