Comparative Law Spring 2006 Professor Susanna Fischer. CLASS 5 Code Civil Reception of Code Civil. Canadian Election. Stephen Harper. WRAP-UP POINTS.
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Our study of French legal history showed that before the French Revolution (1789), French law was a patchwork of customary and regional laws, due to the power of the regional Parlements, despite the development of an absolute monarchy.
The Revolution toppled the King, aristocracy and Parlements from power.
When Napoleon took over, he codified the law in an attempt to centralize and systematize it. His Codes were strongly influenced by Roman law, as well as by the 17th century codes under Colbert and Louis XIV