Chapter

Slavery in France The Problem and Early Responses

Sue Peabody

in ‘There Are No Slaves in France’

Published in print January 1997 | ISBN: 9780195101980
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854448 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101980.003.0002
Slavery in France The Problem and Early Responses

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In this chapter, the attitude toward slavery in France is discussed. The government was not completely consistent in its application of the Freedom Principle. A new law was drafted to deal with the problem of colonial slave owners who wanted to bring their slaves to France. This is known as the Edict of October 1716, which set conditions whereby slave owners could bring their slaves to France without fear of losing. According to the edict, there were two legitimate purposes for bringing slaves to France: to give them religious instruction or to teach them a trade. Based on Lemerre's report, Joly de Fleury and de Chauvelin decided that the Parlement of Paris should not register the Edict of October 1716. The fact that it was never registered by the Parlement of Paris created a legal limbo for slaves who came to Paris or other cities within the parlement's jurisdiction.

Keywords: slavery; France; Edict of October 1716; Parlement of Paris; Lemerre; Joly de Fleury; de Chauvelin; slaves; slave owners

Chapter.  5073 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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