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This week we are going to talk about justice. Granted, it's not the easiest topic to talk about...in any language, really. But, I assume that it is always possible to talk about a topic in a simplified or complex way.


So, I'm not going to explain to you how the French justice system works, because I honestly don't understand anything about it. If you're ever interested, I'll give you a link to a YouTube video where the judicial system is explained very well.


I'm going to answer a few questions about justice that my students at Ohlala French Coffee will also have to answer in French. Let's get started


  • What crimes do you consider serious?

As far as I am concerned, all crimes where there is physical or even mental violence are serious and must be punished. Murder, rape, molestation, physical violence, harassment are serious crimes


  • Where do you think people's interest in criminal trials comes from?

I think most people have an interest in criminal trials, because it is something out of the ordinary. Crime is not part of "normal people's" everyday life, so when there is a crime in their area, country, I think they are curious. They follow it a bit like a detective series or a detective novel, even though it's real life


  • Is there a trial in your country that has marked you?

Yes, there are several. The one that comes to me first is the Daval case. A man killed his wife, but what was very shocking was that before he was accused, the man publicly mourned his wife's death with his in-laws. One wonders how anyone could do such a thing. After that, the most shocking trials are those concerning the murders and/or rapes of children, it is inhuman, horrible


  • Does justice work well in France?

I don't know if I am the best person to answer this question, especially since I have never had to deal with the justice system. But, from what I see and hear, there are of course some small flaws in the French justice system. What I notice the most is that French justice is very slow, there is too much paperwork which sometimes makes it inefficient. There are sometimes very surprising things: a person who steals money will do more time than a man who rapes or beats his wife. I find this incomprehensible and shocking


  • What do you think the world would be like if there were no laws?

I think that a world without law cannot exist. If there are no more current laws, I think that the law of the strongest will dominate our world. I don't think it will be a total chaos, there will certainly be a lot more violence, but there will always be good people who will act well without needing the laws for that. But, it will still be a mess!


  • Is there a law that you tend to ignore or disregard?

I think... I don't know, I've certainly broken a law before. It doesn't happen often anyway, I respect laws a lot, I think they are important. It can happen to break a law, the most important thing is not to hurt someone or to hurt someone.


Vulgarisé = 🇬🇧 popularize

Un meurtre = 🇬🇧  a murder

Un viol = 🇬🇧  a rape

Un attouchement = 🇬🇧  a touching

Un harcèlement = 🇬🇧  a harassment

Un procès = 🇬🇧  a trial

Une affaire = 🇬🇧  a case

Un bémol = 🇬🇧  a drawback

De la paperasse = 🇬🇧  paperwork

Voler = 🇬🇧  a steal

Battre = 🇬🇧  to beat

La loi du plus fort = 🇬🇧  survival of the fittest

Un chaos = 🇬🇧  a chaos

Un bordel = 🇬🇧  a mess

Enfreindre une loi = 🇬🇧  to break a law


I'll see you soon for new adventures, in French of course! 🇫🇷