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Paris Partner Constantin Achillas and Counsel David Père, along with approximately 30 lawyers from international law firms, co-signed an article in Le Monde Dec. 4 titled "Companies: lawyers are at the service of their clients and not the valets of any authority.” 

This article was written following an article based on misleading assumptions published recently in Le Figaro suggesting that lawyers practicing in France in international law firms would commit a systematic violation of their obligation of legal privilege for the benefit of foreign authorities – and especially American authorities – and would try to break into clients’ information systems to steal sensitive material. 

In their article, the lawyers reject any collusion and remind readers they are not subject to the injunctions of the American justice. All lawyers practicing in France are subject to the same ethics requirements to respect legal privilege, regardless of whether their firm is international.