Electronic Signature In France

The European Directive on Electronic Signature is now completely implemented under French law. The applicable regulations, which should facilitate the growth of e-commerce conducted with French residents, provide that electronic signature has the same probative value as handwritten signature provided that it is secure. These regulations also describe the procedure that a company manufacturing signature creation devices should follow in order to obtain a qualified certificate in France.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is an electronic signature?
What are the legal requirements for the admissibility of electronic signature?
What is a secure signature creation device and what is a qualified electronic certificate?
How can a company manufacturing signature creation devices obtain a qualified certificate in France?
What if a company manufacturing signature creation devices has already obtained a qualified certificate in a non-Member State?

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