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Liability for ProductsEnglish Law, French Law, and European Harmonization$
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Simon Whittaker

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198256137

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198256137.001.0001

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Public Services, Service Public and Liability for Products

Public Services, Service Public and Liability for Products

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(p.132) 7 Public Services, Service Public and Liability for Products
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Liability for Products
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SIMON WHITTAKER

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198256137.003.0007

This chapter explores further the involvement of public elements in French law’s approach to liability for products. It starts by explaining how French law distinguishes between different categories of services publics, how this affects the legal position of their recipients, and how this in turn affects the substantive law governing liability in respect of the provision of the public service and its impact on liability for products. The chapter then examines three major examples of public services which have cut across the public and private law divide in French law: the supply of public utilities, transport, and health care.

Keywords:   French law, product liability, liability law, services publics, public services, public utilities, transport, health care

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