Thursday, February 28, 2008

Il Est Interdit d'Interdire

Odd French laws.

7 comments:

Boz said...

Excellent find!

Selling any book at less than 95 percent of its official retail price helps explain why Amazon.fr is rather worthless.

As for not making arrests at homes between 10:00pm and 6:00am, perhaps those who complained about the media circus over the Villiers-le-Bel police roundup should instead focus their energies on rescinding this.

The eviction law sounds as if it has the best of intentions, until you realize that that basically shuts down the housing market during the winter. Then again, Hillary Clinton's proposal to freeze foreclosures is the same kind of blanket market interference.

MY said...

Thanks for the link.

gregory brown said...

basically shuts down the housing market during the winter.

Boz, do you find it vexing that all those who aren't being evicted into the cold are artificially inflating your rent?

If only they could turned out into the cold more efficiently, you might be able to move into their places at lower prices three months sooner.

Boz said...

I guess you hit the nail on the head. I want to send poor people to freeze in the streets.

Actually, I find it extremely hard to believe that government can't allow landlords and renters to conduct their own business and still provide relief to those evicted or in danger of being evicted. Painting issues like this as an either/or situation is what helps stifle debate and improvement.

Avistew said...

Some of the laws, especially the ones protecting people's private life, make perfect sense to me.

Some, I can only wonder about. Why not advertise for books ?

Anonymous said...

All the rules about books (5% discount, no advertisement) are there to level the field between publishers and avoid concentration both for publishers and distributors. By the way, I can understand why one would think that many of these laws are difficult to enforce, useless or even harmful but most of them do not seem very odd. Many countries in Europe actually have similar laws (sunday opening, no search during the night, etc.)

Polly-Vous Francais said...

Last summer when workers were setting up scaffolding to reapir the courtyard walls of my Paris apartment building, I expressed concern to a friend. "Don't worry," she said, "French law prohibits constuction workers from looking into the windows of apartments."