- May 12, 2009
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Imagine being hauled into a police station from a demonstration and being subjected to a full body search. You're then kept in a cell with limited access to a lawyer. Custody can be a very harsh experience in France, and the system has raised eyebrows in the European Union...
France24 - France reforms tough custody laws
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) sentenced Thursday, Oct. 14, France in a matter of custody, as affirmed by France Info. European judges have found that persons in custody should have access to a lawyer from the beginning of the procedure and during all interviews and insisted that is respected the right of a suspect to remain silent. "French law does not meet the requirements of fair trial," they write.
Over 790 000 cases of custody was decided in 2009, more than 170,000 for traffic offenses only.
Garde vue : la Cour europenne des droits de l'homme condamne Paris - LeMonde.fr
(couldn't find an English article: the translation above is from Google Translate)
Thank you ECHR for taking better care of French citizens' rights than France itself!