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June 26, 2018

From France: Judicial Convention in the Public Interest

Julie Bariani - Andersen Tax & Legal in France, a member firm of Andersen Global


France now accepts to negotiate with tax evaders. Law No. 2016-1691 from December 9, 2016,​ on transparency, the fight against corruption and the modernization of economic life (known as the Sapin 2 Law) creates a new compromise procedure applicable to corruption, influence peddling and tax fraud laundering and defines its regime in Article 41-1-2 of the French Code of Criminal Procedure. It is a legal agreement of public interest.

It is not literally a criminal penalty, but rather a pre-judicial alternative procedure whose outcome, which puts an end to legal proceedings, involves the conclusion of a settlement agreement between the respondent and the judicial authorities on the punishment.

The legal agreement of public interest gives rise to a contract between the public prosecutor's department and the person at issue.