There are illegal things we do every day and we don’t even realize it. Okay, except when you cross at a red light, then you realize that it’s forbidden but it’s just that we don’t care. For the rest, there are plenty of laws and rules that we completely ignore and it’s time to remedy that.
1. Flush your dead goldfish down the toilet (or even in the trash)
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When the goldfish won at the carnival dies, some people may be tempted to flush it down the toilet, except that it is actually forbidden. People who are a little less stupid throw it in the trash. The thing is, it’s forbidden too. If you want to comply with article L. 226-3 of the Rural Code, you have to bury it in your garden and cover it with quicklime or give it to a veterinarian to be cremated.
2. De-icing your windshield incorrectly
Having an obstructed windshield is an offense and is punishable by a fine of €90 and deduction of points. But when it takes 20 minutes to defrost your windshield and you have to take the kids to school in 10 minutes, you might be tempted to just poke a little hole in the ice. It’s dangerous but it’s practical.
3. Make noise on Sunday afternoon (but in the morning it’s allowed)
Sunday is a sacred day, it’s the only day of the week when you can’t mess around without feeling guilty, so obviously it’s not pleasant to be woken up at 10 a.m. by the sound of a drill. Unfortunately, according to the National Noise Council, it is allowed to make noise on Sundays between 10am and 12pm. However, it is prohibited on Sunday afternoon. Don’t try to understand.
4. Being naked at home if anyone can see it
According to article 222-32 of the penal code, it is forbidden to be naked at home if anyone can see it. And it also concerns the people who live with you like your roommate for example. If someone files a complaint for sexual exhibition, it can cost up to €15,000 in fines and a year in prison. In truth, I would be surprised if the cops took your roommate seriously if he was going to file a complaint because you came out of the shower naked, but better not tempt fate.
5. Broadcast photos of the Eiffel Tower at night
There are thousands of pictures of the Eiffel Tower on Insta but by law you need permission to post pictures of this metal thing at night because its lighting is considered a work of art. This rule is never applied for individuals but may be for commercial use so better be careful.
6. Not having hay at home
There’s an old law that says all citizens must have hay at home in case the king passes by on horseback and needs to regain his strength. Just like the law that says you don’t have the right to call your pig Napoleon, this rule still exists but as long as you don’t have a king and no one rides a horse anymore, it should TO DO. And so much the better because it would be a bit tricky to store a haystack in 25m2.
7. Go against his parents’ advice to get married
Parents have the right to oppose their children’s choices as long as they are minors, but what we don’t know is that there is one thing they can forbid their adult children: getting married. According to article 173 of the civil code, “the father, the mother and, in the absence of a father and a mother, the ancestors and ancestors, can oppose the marriage of their children and descendants, even adults”. Of course, it’s not that simple, but it’s still pretty weird that this law still exists.
8. Serve ketchup in schools
Since 2011, it is forbidden to serve ketchup to children in primary schools in France. It is first of all to fight against junk food but apparently, it would also be to defend traditional French sauces. Who wants bechamel?
9. Wear a disguise at Disneyland Paris
This rule is obviously not in French law but in the park regulations: adults and teenagers are not allowed to dress up as Disney characters so that there is no confusion with park employees. . On the other hand, children have the right to come in disguise. Luck.
10. Filming in the subway
Who knew that it was forbidden to film anything in the French metro without authorization from the operator of the transport network? The next time I do a story about the crowded metro, I will first ask the RATP.