On October 23rd, the French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault submitted to the French Senate a bill authorizing the ratification of the UPC Agreement. It now needs to be discussed by the National Assembly (French House of Representatives) before being finally adopted. The Bill was however introduced under the “Procedure Accélérée” (expedited procedure), which limits the number of times a Bill passes between the two chambers (the Assemblée Nationale and the Sénat) and is usually used to speed up a bill’s progress. This is particularly noteworthy as France is one of the three mandatory ratification countries for the implementation of the UPC regime.
The bill can be found on the French Senate website.