Proposals for a new, general regime for class actions in France were recently presented to the French National Assembly. If accepted, the new regime will replace the current, sector-based approach where class actions are governed by a variety of consumer, environment, public health and employment legislation. It will also expand substantially the list of organisations or bodies that could initiate a class action.

This article by Martin Le Touzé and Alexandre Beaussier on our global class actions hub considers the new regime, including certain features which have prompted misgivings on the part of business. (The article was first published in French on 29 October 2020 in L’Agefi Hebdo.)