Service of foreign legal documents, in France, by publication

If you do not know the whereabouts of the party on which service must be made, yet you know the party resides in France, you may serve your papers "by publication". This gives "constructive notice" to an intentionally absent or in-hiding defendant.
By: F Cordiez - France Process Service
July 10, 2021 - PRLog -- The initial step in commencing litigation against someone who resides in France is to file a complaint in the appropriate court of the claimant's home country and to have the complaint and a summons to appear served on the defendant.

Some defendants are impossible to locate or actively evade delivery of the complaint and summons, knowing that no default can be taken without such service being accomplished. If the claimant is unable to locate the defendant in France to serve him or her personally, an alternative method for service exists: Service by publication.

This gives "constructive notice" to an unknown, intentionally absent or in-hiding defendant.

To effect service by publication in France, Claimant must obtain permission from the court in his home country. To do so, proof of reasonable diligence must be provided to the court.

If the court approves the service by publication, it will order the summons to be published in a legal gazette or a newspaper of the defendant's country of residence.

France Process Service has developed a unique service, which allows claimants based abroad to effect service by publication in France.

We publish summonses and notices in French newspapers on behalf of our clients established abroad, especially those in the United States, Canada, South-Africa and Australia.

Once publication is complete, we provide our clients with an affidavit, in English, confirming that the document was published and a copy of the notice that appeared in the French newspaper.

We effect service by publication in legal gazettes or newspapers in France, the United Kingdom and most European Countries including the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden and Denmark.

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