French Article 14 of the civil code, which grants jurisdiction to French court of the sole ground that the plaintiff is a French national, comports with the French constitution

In a judgment of February 29th, 2012, the French supreme court for civil and commercial matters (Cour de cassation) held that Article 14 of the French Civil Code raises no serious constitutional issue, and thus that the  question would not be referred to the French Constitutional Council.

Article 14 of the Civil Code grants jurisdiction to French court on the sole ground that the plaintiff is a French national. This is widely regarded as an exorbitant head of jurisdiction, except in family matters.

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