Wednesday, March 28, 2007

French Holocaust judgment reversed

Yesterday, the administrative appeals court in Bordeaux reversed the decision against the SNCF handed down by the administrative tribunal in Toulouse last year (see my earlier post), ruling that the administrative courts had no jurisdiction over the SNCF. The railway company had no public authority of its own: it merely followed government orders and cannot be held liable for any act separate from the state’s. The plaintiffs intend to appeal to the Conseil d’Etat, the French supreme administrative court, though last June’s ruling is still valid with respect to the French government, which did not appeal.

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