A. Application of the law throughout France
French law is applied throughout the French territory
This is the case of public law and criminal law
B. Exceptions to the principle of application of the law on French territory
Private law statutes, insofar as they govern specific
conflicts of interest, are superseded by another law in three
– Local rights: local rights may be recognized
for certain French regions, as is particularly the case in Alsace-Lorraine
– Overseas departments and communities:
the application of the law in these territories is subject to adaptations.
– The legislations of different States: in certain situations, where a foreign
situations, where a foreign element intervenes, adaptations of the law
are provided for. This is for example the case of marriages between a French citizen and a person of
person of different nationality.