On 18 December 2012, the DGCCRF has posted on its website a Summary of the public consultation launched on 23 October 2012 regarding the introduction of class actions into French law. The majority of respondents expressed willingness to participate in class actions and wish that only consumer associations represent the collective interests of consumers in a lawsuit.
On the same day, the Ministry of Economy and Finance has released the Notice of the National Consumer Council (NCC) of 4 December 2012 on class actions. The NCC notice focuses, in particular, on the scope of the class action, the group constitution, the role of consumer associations, the conduct of the proceedings as well as the criteria and methods of compensation for damages.
The results of the public consultation and NCC Notice will be taken into account in the context of the draft bill amending Consumer law planned for spring 2013.