Offer and Acceptance on the Internet Under French Law

In France, the rules applicable to electronic contracts both include general principles of contract law and laws deriving from European Directives. The latter rules are often aimed at protecting consumers. Under general contract law, the formation of a valid contract requires an offer and an acceptance of this offer. E-commerce contracts, as a form of distant contracts, are no exception to this rule. As soon as the offer is accepted, the contract is formed. Specific rules apply to the acceptance of an offer made over the Internet (e.g.: the offer from a merchant site.)

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

How might the acceptance of a contract be proved on the Internet?
What is the date of formation of an electronic contract?
Can the consumer revoke the acceptance?


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