6 Evolution and Gestalt of the French State
Jean-Bernard Auby, Marcel Morabito
Edited By: Sabino Cassese, Armin von Bogdandy, Peter Huber
This chapter provides an overview of the historical developments of administrative law in France. It first describes the bases of the French model, before considering the initial implantation of administrative law and the establishment of the ‘classical’ French administrative law. French administrative law reached its apex around 1900, that is, it acquired its main characteristics — to which it remains largely faithful — in the early twentieth century. This was the outcome of progressive evolution in which the continued affirmation of what can be called an ‘administrative state’ and the definite installation of distinct administrative courts with specific proceedings made a strong impact. Finally, to conclude, the chapter turns to a discussion on contemporary evolutions in France.