“No one can ignore the law ”.
This maxim expresses the obligatory aspect of the law (understood in the broad sense of legislative and regulatory texts).
As soon as a text is promulgated and published it becomes binding on everyone and no one can avoid its application by claiming ignorance of this text.
In order for citizens to have sufficient knowledge of the standards applicable to them, the Constitutional Council, in its decision of 16 December 1999 , underlined the need for accessibility and intelligibility of the law . He ruled that
” the equality before the law set out in Article 6 of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen and the” guarantee of rights “required by its Article 16 might not be effective if citizens did not have access to sufficient knowledge of the standards applicable to them; that such knowledge is also necessary for the exercise of the rights and freedoms guaranteed both by Article 4 of the Declaration, by virtue of which this exercise has no limits except those determined by law, only by its article 5, according to which “all that is not prohibited by the law can not be prevented, and no one can be forced to do what it does not order ” Constitutional Council , December 16, 1999,