The Salic Law enacted by Clovis I- 500 CE

If any one shall set fire to a house in which men were sleeping, as many freemen as were in it can make complaint before the "Thing;" and if any one shall have been burned in it, the incendiary shall be sentenced to 2500 denars, which make 63 shillings.

The Civil Code of Napoleon 1803

he promulgation made by the first consul shall be taken to be known in the department which shall be the seat of government, one day after the promulgation; and in each of the other departments, after the expiration of the same interval augmented by one day for every ten myriameters (about twenty ancient leagues) between the town in which the promulgation shall have been made, and the chief place of each department.

French Civil Code

Statutes and administrative acts, when the latter are published in the Journal officiel de la République
française, take effect on the date they specify or, if none is specified, on the day following the date of
their publication. Nevertheless, if the enforcement of some provisions of such acts requires an additional
enactment, the effective date of the enforcement of these provisions is deferred to the effective date of the
additional enactment.
In case of an emergency, statutes whose decree of promulgation so declares and administrative acts for
which the Government so orders by special provision, shall enter into force immediately upon their
The provisions of this Article do not apply to acts applicable to individuals.

Constitution of France -1958

The French People solemnly proclaim their attachment to Human Rights and to the principles of national sovereignty as defined by the Declaration of 1789, confirmed and supplemented by the preamble to the 1946 Constitution, as well as to the rights and duties defined in the 2004 Environmental Charter.

By virtue of these principles and that of the self-determination of the peoples, the Republic offers to the overseas territories which manifest the will to join it new institutions based on the common ideal of freedom, equality and fraternity and designed for their democratic development.