The impact of Covid-19 crisis on the French law of contract

Authors: Olivier Deshayes


The effect of the Covid-19 on contracts comes not as much from the virus itself than from the containment measures imposed by Governments which made it hard, if not impossible, for debtors to perform their obligations. This is why the crisis, as regards contracts, really started in France in the midst of March 2020 when President Macron and Prime Minister Edouard Philippe decided to shut down non-essential businesses, schools, restaurants, theatres, to forbid public gatherings and to impose containment measures on individuals. (…)