Grand Chamber judgment concerning France


In the case of Morice v. France, the Court held that there had been a violation of freedom of expression and right to a fair trial.

The case concerned the conviction of a lawyer, on account of remarks reported in the press, for complicity in defamation of the investigating judges who had been removed from the judicial investigation into the death of Judge Bernard Borrel.

Press release, Questions & answers concerning the judgment Morice v. France

Country profile - France

Delivery of the judgment Webcast of the hearing

Grand Chamber

  • Referrals to the Grand Chamber


    The Court has accepted the referral to the Grand Chamber of 2 cases.
    The case of Paposhvili v. Belgium concerns the decision to return a Georgian national from Belgium to Georgia and ban him from re-entering Belgian territory.

    The case of Buzadji v. the Republic of Moldova concerns the complaint by a businessman about his arrest and detention pending trial on charges of defrauding a State company.

    Press release

    Cases pending before the Grande Chamber


Recent hearing

  • Grand Chamber hearing concerning France

    Grand Chamber hearing concerning France

    The Court held a Grand Chamber in the case of Couderc and Hachette Filipacchi Associés v. France.
    The applicants, Anne-Marie Couderc, the publication director of Paris-Match, and the company Hachette Filipacchi Associés, which publishes the magazine, allege that the judgment against the magazine for publishing information on the private life of Prince Albert of Monaco amount to unjustified interference with the exercise of their right to freedom of information.

    Press Release, Factsheet: Right to the protection of one's image

    Country profile - France

    Webcast of the hearing 15/04/2015


Official visits

  • Visit of Their Majesties the King and Queen of the Belgians

    Visit of Their Majesties the King and Queen of the Belgians

    On 21 April 2015 Their Majesties the King and Queen of the Belgians visited the Court, where they were received by President Spielmann. They were accompanied by H.E. Didier Reynders, Vice-Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Belgium, Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. Paul Lemmens, judge elected in respect of Belgium, and Erik Fribergh, Registrar, were also present at the meeting. Their Majesties then inaugurated the exhibition ‘Human Rights according to the Cat’ in a ceremony attended by its creator, the cartoonist Philippe Geluck.



  • Judgment concerning France


    In the case of François v. France, the Court held that there had been a violation of the right to liberty and safety. The case concerned the placing of a lawyer in police custody after he had been assisting at the police station, in his professional capacity, a youth who was being held by the police.

    The Court found in particular that placing Mr François in police custody and subjecting him to a fullbody search and a blood alcohol test exceeded the security requirements and established an
    intention that was unconnected with the objective of police custody.

    Press release

  • Judgment concerning the Russian Federation


    In the case of Mezhiyeva v. Russia, the Court held that there had not been an effective investigation into the explosion of a bomb in Grozny in 2001 which had killed a bus driver and seriously injured his wife, the applicant.

    Press Release


Visit of the King and Queen of the Belgians


  • Inadmissibility decision


    The Court has declared inadmissible the application in the case of Smaltini v. Italy, in which the applicant, who has leukaemia, claimed that she had contracted the cancer as a result of pollution from the Ilva steel plant located in Taranto, in the Puglia Region.

    The Court noted that the applicant’s complaint consisted in alleging, not that the domestic authorities had omitted to take legislative or administrative measures to protect her right to life, but that they had not established the existence of a causal link between the polluting emissions from the Ilva plant and her illness.

    Press release

    Factsheet: Environment