French lawmakers vote for ‘right to make mistakes’

Source:AFP Published: 2018/1/25 19:03:40

French lawmakers have voted for a flagship article in a new law which will give citizens the "right to make mistakes" in dealings with the government without being punished.

The article, which was adopted by a show of hands Tuesday night in the National Assembly, is the "cornerstone" of a law for "a state in the service of a trustworthy society," according to the government.

The law is part of reforms President Emmanuel Macron touted during his electoral campaign to allow citizens to make a mistake in good faith in their dealings with the authorities without risking punishment from the first infringement.

It will be up to the administration to prove that the person was acting in bad faith.

"It is a revolution in the relations between the administration and the administered," minister of public action and accounts Gerald Darmanin said on Twitter.

The right to err will not apply in a number of cases, such as public health.


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